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Mentoring project beneficiaries selected

In response to our CPAR Uganda Ltd call for young adults in Uganda to apply to be among the first cohort of our programme “Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators against Poverty”, we received a total of 47 applications. The applications were from 19 women – 40 percent of the applicants; and from 28 men – 60 percent of the applicants. One application from a 44 year old man was invalid, because he is five years older than the upper age limit of 39.

The original plan was for CPAR Uganda to mentor a first cohort of 25 young adults (13 women and 12 men). However, realistically, on the basis of availability of funds and the quality of applications that we have received, our target is now a first cohort of 20 young adults (10 women and 10 men). It should be noted, however, that gender will not override competence and it is feasible that our first cohort may not be gender balanced.

The first selection round has been done by Mr. Stan Burkey, a volunteer advisor to CPAR Uganda. Mr. Burkey is the author of the book “People First – A Guide to Self-Reliant Participatory Rural Development.” He is also credited for developing and introducing the “Change Agent Training Programme” in Uganda in 1986; a programme through which the capacity of thousands of Ugandan rural men and women has been built.  

Of the 19 women applicants, 15 of them have gone through to the next round; a 79 percent success rate among women applicants. Of the 28 men who applied, however, only 10 have gone through to the next round; a 36 percent success rate among the men applicants. The next selection round, one-on-one telephone interviews, will be conducted this week, beginning 9th December 2019, by Ms. Norah Owaraga, Programme Team Leader and our Managing Director.

The highest formal education level attained by the majority of applicants, 37 percent of them, is a University Degree; followed by 20 percent of applicants who have attained Diplomas; and 26 percent of applicants who have attained Certificates. The remaining 17 percent of the applicants are university students. The fields of study of the applicants are mostly in the social sciences and the humanities. Only one applicant studied medicine and surgery; and another one studied animal health and production.

Majority of the applicants, 65 percent, are of Lango ancestry and this is not a surprise, since our programme is domiciled in Lira Municipality, which is in Lango. The next largest ancestral group among the applicants, 13 percent of them, are Iteso. Then the next largest, 6.5 percent of the applicants, are Acholi and another 6.5 percent are Baganda. The remaining nine percent of the applicants are Jonam, Basoga, Kumam and Alur.

The applicants originate from 23 districts of Uganda including: from Pakwach and Zombo in West Nile; from Agago, Gulu and Kitgum in Acholi; from Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Kole, Kwania, Lira, Otuke and Oyam in Lango; from Amuria, Bukedea, Kumi, Ngora and Soroti in Teso; from Kaberamaido in Kumam; from Iganga in Busoga and from Kyotera, Luwero and Wakiso in Buganda.

In terms of their residence, however, expectedly, the majority of the applicants, 67 percent, are resident in Lira District. The others are resident in Kwania (Lango); Zombo (West Nile); Kitgum (Acholi); Kumi and Soroti (Teso); and Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso (Buganda).

CPAR Uganda’s strategic geographic focus is the five sub-regions of greater northern Uganda: West Nile, Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja. We received applications from four of our five focus sub-regions. There were no applications from Karamoja.

12 responses to “Mentoring project beneficiaries selected”

  1. Hello Norah. I sincerely wanna appreciate the opportunity you and the team are offering to the young Ugandans most especially the youths in the regions where your programs are being implemented. I read the blog and I am pretty much pleased with the tremendous work you are doing towards achieving your goals and objectives. This am sure will help to reduce the rate of poverty among the young community. Words alone cannot express how grateful I am for your great endeavors.


  2. This is incredibly amazing the stake holders of CPAR, may all ur efforts be fruitful as u look forward to helping our young people. Bravo

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  3. Hi Norah n team, well done dear. How do I apply for the next cohort? I am highly interested… kindly let me know pliz

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    • Depending on how successful we are fundraising, we hope to make the call for the second cohort during the second half of 2020. I encourage you to follow our blog here on wordpress and every time we post an up-date you will receive an email notification. I also encourage you to follow us on face book and to regularly check our website


  4. you are saying there is no karamojong who applied but some times you don’t put the advert where we can access. For the next cohort please send to my email. thanks


    • Caroline, two of our donors are actually from Karamoja – Teba Arukol and Apollo Nangiro. Right from the inception of the project in 2017 we have made every efforts to get messages to Karamoja, through our supporters and through social media groups like Karamoja Development Forum, especially. We cannot send emails out to individuals when we make a call you have to take the initiative to follow us on our social media platforms and also our website. And most importantly follow our blog, this one on wordpress, and you will automatically be informed. The previous call we shared right here as well, so follow us and you will receive up-dates via email


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