ISSUP Uganda is hosted by the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL), a non-profit organization started in 1993 with a mission of enhancing socio-economic transformation of disadvantaged young people (10-24 years) through skills development for self-reliance. UYDEL’s current interventions are focussed on alcohol, drug and substance abuse prevention, child protection and child safeguarding, prevention of violence against children including sexual exploitation; promoting sexual reproductive health rights of adolescents and young people, HIV prevention; and enhancing economic livelihoods of vulnerable children and slum youth people. These interventions are conducted in the districts of Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Mityana, Mubende, and Luweero districts.
UYDEL is a pioneer organization in substance use prevention interventions in Uganda and has developed its capacity and competence as a lead agency for prevention focussed work in Uganda and the East African region based on sound international principles and standards for operating as an effective and efficient prevention organization. The quality standards have been achieved in the following areas:
- Efficient management, administration and accountability.
- Understanding and implementing best practice principles in prevention through its work.
- Able to undertake appropriate evaluation of its work and performance to identify outcomes, achievements and learning from the work it undertakes.
- Relevant abilities for adequately documenting and communicating the work and operation of the organisation.
- Ability to identify and seek potential support and stakeholder involvement to promote sustainability and extension of its work to the benefit of more people in the country and East African region.