Uganda Community Libraries Association

Who are we?

The Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) has a Board of Trustees that is elected every three years at the Annual General Meeting. The present Board members are:

[PHOTO] Kate Parry
Professor, Hunter College, City of University of New York
Executive Director for East Africa, Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)
[PHOTO] Christine Semambo Sempegwa
Deputy Chairperson
Director, Forum for African Woman Educationalists (FAWE)
[PHOTO] Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa
Director, National Library of Uganda
[PHOTO] Esther Kyazike
Librarian, Kawempe Youth Centre
[PHOTO] Dan Ahimbisibwe
Librarian, Kitengesa Community Library
[PHOTO] Augustine Napagi
Librarian, Kabubbu Community Library
[PHOTO] Willy Ngaka
Director, Makerere Centre for Lifelong Learning
Founder, Uganda Rural Literacy and Community Development Association (URLCODA)
[PHOTO] Ruth Sebugya
Non-voting Member
Part-time coordinator, UgCLA
[PHOTO] Brenda Musasizi
Non-voting Member
Part-time coordinator, UgCLA

Our two part-time coordinators have different tasks. Ruth Sebugya, is responsible for the libraries sponsored by a Canadian NGO called Under the Reading Tree (UTRT), for which UgCLA acts as agent. Brenda Musasizi, serves UgCLA’s other members, administers projects, and takes care of records and publicity.

UgCLA’s Board develops general policies and makes recommendations on constitutional issues to the Annual General Meeting. The issues are then decided by a vote. A Steering Committee comprising the Chair, the Treasurer, and the general coordinator makes day-to-day operating decisions.