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Anita Damkjær Eriksen

Anita Damkjær Eriksen

Board Chairperson

Anita has a robust career traction in advancing social justice for the socially vulnerable, less privileged, and marginalised in and out of Denmark. In early 2020, she was seconded to chair the Governing Board of CAEVA International, which federates country-level CAEVA Organisations involved in empowering young people, to overcome social bottlenecks that limit them from realising their full potential to contribute to the SDGs. The Board is responsible for driving forward the strategic direction of CAEVA International as a whole, for setting joint plans and priorities, advising senior staff on performance, and managing risks and accountability.

Anita’s experience in governance and monitoring dates back to 2013 when she travelled to Uganda to monitor a Swedish sponsored project, called Integrated Community Capacity Building (ICCB) that was being implemented by Uganda Red Cross Society. This project was aimed at increasing household income and improving health outcomes among vulnerable and marginalised households in rural communities in Jinja District. In the process of monitoring the ICCB project, she got in touch with CAEVA, which was an active partner organisation of the Red Cross. She voluntarily developed Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) materials for young people supported by CAEVA as well as the Red Cross. Furthermore, Anita helped CAEVA women and other non-CAEVA women groups to find market for their crotchet products in Denmark. Between 2016 and 2019 Anita was a Board member of CAEVA Uganda. Since 2013, Anita regularly travels back to Uganda, which has become her second home.

Back in Denmark, Anita works as a Project Manager at an organisation called WeShelter that promotes social inclusion and the rights of the homeless and vulnerable people in the city of Copenhagen. She specifically coordinates; financial advisory services to ensure that those supported to initiate investments skillfully and sustainably do so; yoga sports as a way of strengthening mental and physical health as well as imparting positive virtues and good character; and social food clubs that foster togetherness and self-opening up.

Anita holds a masters´ degree in African Studies from the University of Copenhagen. This degree uniquely positioned her to work with agencies operating in Africa more so on social justice promotion. Her undergraduate at the same university was in French and Literature. It developed her capabilities to competently communicate in English and French the main two languages used in international development.

Jolly is a passionate and long-serving community-based lawyer.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Makerere University (2006), with a specialisation in health and the law. He is a co-founder of CAEVA (2009) and has been serving as a full-time Executive Director at CAEVA Uganda since 2015. Jolly possesses extensive knowledge and experience in development health, which has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the realisation of the right to health in Uganda. Between 2002 and 2009, Jolly worked with several USAID funded Health Systems Strengthening Projects such as SCMS and JSI DELIVER and participated in generating critical data for policy and legislative direction through research studies such as the PEPFAR Health effects study 2006, Health Workforce retention study 2006 and the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2006, et al.

Jolly has earned his place in the world of human rights and legal aid. He uses his legal background to campaign and demonstrate a rights-based approach to development in different dimensions locally and internationally. Between 2013 and 2015, Jolly worked with Legal AID Services Providers’ Network (LASPNET); his task was to drive the research and advocacy agenda. At the time, he coordinated advocacy efforts for adoption of a National Legal Aid Policy and Law. He is particularly passionate about the rights of persons with disabilities and children. The Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda recognised him for his role in the success of the 2nd National Legal Aid Conference (2014) in Uganda.

Jolly has accumulated broad experience and training in NGO set up, management, and governance. He has helped to set up many local and international non-profits. He chairs/ legally advises the Boards of Trustees of several Organisations such as SALVE International (UK/UG), Next Generation Ministries (USA/UG), Kwagala Ministries International (USA/UG), Missionary at Heart (USA/UG), and Hope for Girls in Crisis (UG).

Jolly is an associate partner with WEB Advocates and Solicitors as well as a volunteer and life Member of Uganda Red Cross Society.

He is married to Agnes Naikazi Mukooyo and a proud father of four.

Jolly Mukooyo

Jolly Mukooyo

Board Member

Eric Daniel Biguyi

Eric Daniel Biguyi

Board Member

Eric embodies a true spirit of humanitarianism and an unwavering commitment to development work in communities on the edge. He studied a MSc. International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (2014) at London School of Economics and Political Science. He joined up with leading thinkers and practitioners at Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, for a cross-disciplinary discourse on Gender, Medicine, and Public Health. Between 2001 and 2004, Eric undertook undergraduate education at Makerere University, successfully graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences.

As per now, his work experience and career trajectory span over 15 years. Eric co-founded CAEVA in 2009 and currently holds the position of Programmes Director at CAEVA Uganda. Between 2005 and 2007, he worked with different indigenous organisations that focused on child development and peace-building in rural Uganda. In 2007, he moved on to the Red Cross where he coordinated two projects subsequently. The first one involved increasing access and uptake of HIV AIDS services and information, whereas the second one entailed improving on the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene conditions in the slums of Jinja City.

Eric participated in humanitarian emergency operations following the; Bududa landslides, Kenya election violence, and flooding in Teso Region. He led one of the Red Cross Risk Mapping and Vulnerability Capacity Assessment field teams to collect data that was used to inform policy makers in the process of developing the 2010 National Policy for Disaster Preparedness and Management. Between 2010 and 2012, he represented the youths of Jinja Branch Red Cross on the Governing Board. His enthusiasm for humanitarian and development work moved stakeholders to select him to coordinate the drive to construct Busoga Region Disaster Management Centre. In mid-2012, he joined Save the Children to work on the Saving Newborns Lives (SNL) Programme as a Project Coordinator and later on as a Senior Officer. SNL focused on improving the survival of newborns through research, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and training of frontline health workers.

Eric was a fellow with the LSE based prestigious Programme for African Leadership (Pfal) supported by Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation. This programme focused on qualitatively and uniquely empowering rising leaders to excel in their chosen profession. Furthermore, Eric got exposed to high level operations of humanitarian and international development organisations while in Geneva, Switzerland; this was enabled by the Pfal. Privately, Eric offers expert advice on organizational development and management, and, likes performing arts.

Joel is a Board Member of CAEVA International. His enthusiasm in coaching early-stage businesses on finance management, marketing, sales, and accounting, among others, and, support for innovations that economically empower young people is unparalleled. Currently, Joel is not only a Senior Innovation Consultant with SHA Consulting Group but serves as a Co-Director and the Manager Incubation and Investment of the same Group. In the past, Joel was a Programs Coordinator for two international companies; firstly, Tiger power de and later on Bromgrove Ltd (U.A.E).

Having distinguished himself as a specialist in Business Administration, Joel was given opportunity to administer various financial management consultancies, carried out in numerous companies, organizations, and startups. The recommendation of these consultancies enabled client agencies to use innovative finance, to promote sustainable financial management and control. Digitally administering these consultancies further emboldened Joel as a seasoned administrator of radical change leading and inspiring innovation in corporate entities in this digital age.

Besides supporting innovations that economically empower young people in the lenses of business startup, administration, finance management, among others, Joel is super passionate on social development of young people, and has worked and run various social development projects with Restless Development, World Vision, TASO, Innovation Village, among others. Joel holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration with a bias to finance and management from Uganda Christian University. At undergraduate level, he studied Laws, Business Law major. His expertise comes in handy when the Board is discussing issues pertaining to finance management and accounting.

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Joel Bamwise

Board Member

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