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A profile of CPAR Uganda Ltd

CPAR Uganda Ltd used to be the Uganda country office of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR Canada) until 2008 when, in the interest of sustainability, it was registered as an independent Ugandan not-for-profit organisation. .

The seven founders of CPAR Uganda Ltd are distinguished persons of impeccable repute, three men and four women:  Dr. Rita Laker-Ojok, Prof. Fred Opio Ekong (deceased 2014), Prof. Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach, Justice Stella Arach-Amoko, Mr. Alex Bwangamoi Okello, Ms. Judy Adoko and Mrs. Vinita Walkup Gilbert. For more details of their profiles please visit http://www.cparuganda.com/founders.htm.

CPAR Uganda Ltd is a highly resourced organisation. Its Board of Directors (BODs) are personalities with high esteem, including medical doctors, doctors of philosophy (PhDs), professors, administrators and development practitioners with expertise in livelihoods enhancement, food production/agricultural related fields, rural sociology, and organisational management. They include (as of 4th April 2016): Dr. Rita Laker-Ojok – Board Chair, Prof. Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach – Member (Board Chair elect 2016), Mr. Alex Bwangamoi Okello – Member, Mr. John Bosco Okello Okello – Member and Mr. Max Anyuru – Member. 

The CPAR Uganda Ltd Secretariat, as of April 2012 is headed by its Managing Director (MD), Norah Owaraga, who has over 23 years work experience as a development manager, consultant, entrepreneur and scholar. Non-Human Assets of CPAR Uganda Ltd include four Base Camps – buildings and land - located in Pader, Gulu, Lira and Loro (Oyam), which are suitable for training framers and for demonstration centres. 

The Legal Identity of CPAR Uganda Ltd is compliant with laws of the Republic of Uganda which stipulate that not-for-profit organisations in Uganda must obtain only one legal identity, either by registering with the Uganda NGO Board as an NGO; or with the Uganda Registration Bureau as either a company limited by guarantee or as a trust. 

CPAR Uganda Ltd is registered with the Uganda Registration Bureau as a company limited by guarantee and is without share capital. CPAR Uganda Ltd is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation that is established for the benefit of the less advantaged persons - its aims and objectives are for the benefit of Ugandans - most especially poor women, children and men living in rural Uganda. 

The founders of CPAR Uganda Ltd decided to keep the acronym “CPAR” for historic and strategic reasons. Within the context of CPAR Uganda Ltd the acronym “CPAR” is not defined word for word, but rather its meaning is derived from the overall strategic objective, the overall strategic purpose, and the work of CPAR Uganda Ltd in Uganda. 

Within the logo of CPAR Uganda Ltd is the history of how it evolved and its relationship with CPAR Canada. The maple leaf is a Canadian symbol, thus the maple leaf placed in a map of Uganda, as depicted in the CPAR Uganda Ltd Logo, connotes that CPAR Canada was in Uganda and left an everlasting positive footprint. 

The maple leaf inside of a map of Uganda, as depicted in the CPAR Uganda Ltd Logo, also connotes that the work of CPAR Canada lives on in the hearts of Ugandans and forms the foundation on which CPAR Uganda Ltd continues to build. 

The Logo of CPAR Uganda Ltd connotes that CPAR Uganda Ltd is associated with CPAR Canada; but that CPAR Uganda Ltd is a distinct legal entity from CPAR Canada; and therefore distinguishing ownership and accountability of CPAR Uganda Ltd from that of CPAR Canada.

CPAR Uganda’s overall strategic objective is that Ugandan rural men, women and children lead healthy and dignified lives, during which their rights are respected and their basic and genuine needs are met. 

CPAR Uganda’s overall strategic purpose, therefore, is to ensure that households in rural Uganda ably meet the basic and genuine needs of their members – that they have access to sufficient and nutritious food, clothing, housing, health care and clean water - and that they have sufficient livelihoods. 

For over two decades CPAR (first as a country office of CPAR Canada and as CPAR Uganda Ltd) has contributed to improving the wellbeing of communities in Northern Uganda, which were marginalised by armed conflict. As Uganda celebrates the end of armed conflict in Northern Uganda, CPAR Uganda Ltd is amongst humanitarian organisations at the fore working to rebuild communities that have returned to their ancestral homes after decades of living in camps as internally displaced persons. 

CPAR Uganda Ltd works in Acholi, Lango and Karamoja where in the recent past it has implemented food nutrition, food sovereignty and food security programmes. The approaches that are used by CPAR Uganda Ltd rest on an appreciation that social capital already exists within its target communities - it does not start ex nihilo. CPAR Uganda Ltd works to harness, leverage and build on the existing social capital; locate and launch from within the cultural centres of the target communities. 

CPAR Uganda Ltd utilises community led self-reliant participatory approaches, such as the ‘Putting Farmers First’ approach, animation and self advocacy. These approaches stimulate the spirit of self-reliance amongst the targeted communities and support their long-term food security – inspiring them to boost crop production through the use of effective, efficient and culturally appropriate agricultural technologies. 

At household level, CPAR Uganda Ltd uses small group approaches such as the Farmer Field School (FFS) model. In partnership with its target communities, CPAR Uganda Ltd building on what the communities have – social capital, income generating activities, etc. - and it expects its target communities to contribute in the way of nominal financial and in-kind contributions. 

In the interest of longer-term sustainability of the impact of its interventions CPAR Uganda Ltd works in partnership with district local governments in its areas of operation.  The CPAR Uganda Ltd programmes are aligned with the Government of Uganda’s Country priorities. 

They are particularly aligned with Uganda’s Peace Recovery and Development Plans which prioritise health, water and education; providing for a focus on enterprise development, production and marketing, roads and bridges and natural resource management. 

They are aligned to Uganda’s National Development Plans which prioritise health and nutrition issues on grounds of prevalence of chronic famine; poor food production; insufficient knowledge amongst Uganda’s population on food preparation and diet balancing. Furthermore, Uganda’s national plans prioritise improving agricultural livelihoods in Northern Uganda.  

The work of CPAR Uganda Ltd is aligned with Uganda’s National Health Policies which cite malnutrition as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Uganda; with Uganda’s Health Sector Strategic and Investment plans which prioritise the scaling up the delivery of nutrition services; and with Uganda’s Food and Nutrition Policies which acknowledge the need to improve food security and nutrition in the country. 

Gender Sensitivity is in-built within the ethos of CPAR Uganda Ltd. It is espoused in the commitment of CPAR Uganda Ltd to principles of gender equality and equity. In some instances, however, in its programming CPAR Uganda Ltd will intentionally seek to exercise positive gender discrimination in favour of women, in order to contribute to bridging Uganda’s current gender gap that is in favour of men. 

Gender sensitivity is a CPAR Uganda Ltd norm – especially in the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks. CPAR Uganda Ltd collects gender disaggregated data; and it ensures that gender dimensions are considered when implementing activities, for example, time, distance, care giving roles, seasons etc. CPAR Uganda Ltd encourages women to take up leadership positions in self-help development groups, such as FFS groups; and to participate as representatives in various forums. 

Its concern for the Environment is in-built in CPAR Uganda Ltd programming. CPAR Uganda Ltd implements programmes in such ways that have minimal negative impact on the environment; while impacting positively on the environment. Agricultural activities which promote organic farming, soil conservation and tree planting are the norm in CPAR Uganda Ltd programmes. CPAR Uganda Ltd incorporates environmental conservation as a module in business training; and it trains households on how to use energy saving stoves during food preparation. CPAR Uganda Ltd ensures that paper and all other reusable materials are recycled.

The professionalism, efficient and effective delivery of services of CPAR Uganda Ltd, while working in partnership with communities for the communities, has attracted funding and partnership from United Nations (UN) agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); multilateral government agencies such as the European Commission; bilateral government agencies such as the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); and non-governmental development and charitable organisations (NGOs) such as Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR Canada) and DanChurchAid (DCA).

 

 

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