The Citizens Watch IT Uganda (CEW-IT Uganda) was formed in 2010 as an election and governance watchdog with support from OXFAM Novib and HIVOS. CEW-IT is a consortium of six organizations namely: Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence (RWECO) based in Rwenzori region, Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) based in West Nile, Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development (ACORD) based in Acholi, the Public Affairs Centre of Uganda (PAC) based in Teso region, Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Association (DENIVA) and Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) based in central region. At the time of establishment CEW-IT was a loose coalition which derived its mandate from the member organizations and was hosted by RWECO. 

In 2012 CEW-IT was incorporated as CEW-IT Uganda Limited under section 16(1) of the Companies Act with registration number 149010 hence attaining its own legal status and in 2017 it was registered as an NGO. In addition CEW-IT broadened its mandate from being an elections watchdog to  coordinating actions of the members focused at strengthening civic competence on voice, accountability monitoring, Tax Justice, and to influence policies on service delivery and livelihood Program in Uganda. CEW-IT operates in all regions of Uganda through its membership.

 Background of CEW-IT

CEW-IT Vision, Mission, Core Values and Objectives 

Vision Empowered, prosperous and happy citizens in a democratic and peaceful country
Mission To facilitate empowerment of citizens to engage in development and democratic governance
Mandate CEW-IT’s mandate is to coordinate and strengthen efforts to strengthen civic competence on voice and accountability to influence service delivery in Uganda.
Core values Unity in diversity – Recognizing that although we are in different regions with probably different missions four CEW-IT members remained united within the consortium umbrella due to the values they espouse.Human dignity – respect for humanity is core for all our interventions Self-sacrifice – service beyond self is CEW-IT’s flagship Integrity  – service beyond reproach Transparency and Accountability Equity  – in everything that we do Justice and fairness Mutual respect for one another within the consortium and also with others with whom we work.Learning – CEW-IT is a learning institution and draws lessons from whatever it encounters or does.