Who we are

Community Empowerment for Peace and Development is a voluntary non profit-making organization that works to resist violence, transform conflicts, and build peace in communities. Founded in 2014 By Ugandan women who have worked in conflict zone for more than a decade and are scholars of peace and conflict management. CEPAD registered entity with Arua district local government., a member of Arua district NGO forum, West Nile Humanitarian platform and the charter 4change  The organization since its inception has worked with civil society organizations, particularly the youth, women, faith-based, refugee population and traditional structures in West Nile to transform conflicts, and to promote nonviolent and democratic principles. Based in Arua, Uganda, CEPAD works with vulnerable groups and partners across the country to support individuals and organizations to enhance skills needed to transform violent conflicts and build bridges across ethnic, religious, and political divides.

Our Motto
“Peace without Boarders”

Our Vision
A nonviolent and peaceful society where every person has access to basic rights and a life in dignity.

To empower communities for sustainable peace and development through training, research, and advocacy.

Core Values

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Integrity
  • Voluntarism and Teamwork
  • Diversity/ Inclusiveness
  • Accountability

Based on strategic plan 2017-2020 ONAD strives to build a nonviolent, peaceful and democratic society through training, research and advocacy in;

  1. Nonviolence and Peace building (NP)
  2. Governance and Civic Education (GCE)
  3. Gender and Youth Empowerment (GYE)
  4. Women and Girl Child Education (WGCE)
  5. Internal Organisational Development (IOD) of CEPAD and its Grassroots’ Partners.

CEPAD further as a result of these projects is connected with national, community based and International Non-governmental Organizations. The engagement enables CEPAD and its partners to contribute to peace building and democratization in Africa. CEPAD works closely with Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR who monitor the activities of the organisation. CEPAD is a member of the Arua district NGO Forum, the West Nile humanitarian platform and had endorsed the Charter for change.

We finance our operations and programmes from membership contributions and subscription fees, consultancy work, donations, grants and financial and in-kind support from individuals and international organizations Petara International, Canada, UmVerteilen Sittung Fur eine, German,COLEGIO PUERTORRIQUEÑO DE NIÑAS, Puerto Rico, USA, Forum for Youth Advocacy (FOYA) Uganda and Oxfam IBIS. CEPAD since 2019 has developed policy documents including finance and procurement policy that organisation abides by.


The management is composed of the General Assembly who is the highest governing body in the organization. It comprises of all registered members and the body meets once every year to discuss, approve, amend, or reject narrative and financial reports and approve the general policies and organizational plans. The Board of Trustees is the second layer in organizational governance. The Board of Trustees represents the founding members who are the legal and technical advisers to the organization BUT do not have a decision-making capacity.

The Board of Directors provide the oversight to the organizational management and meets every three months to discuss the reports and management plans. The management encompasses all the contracted staff and volunteers who implement the programs of the organization on day to day basis and reports to the Board of Directors.  CEPAD is accountable not only to its members and donors BUT also to its project beneficiaries and audits its accounts yearly.

More information can be obtained on the  website at  https://cepadwestnile.org/, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cepadwestnile.org ./