CPAR Uganda notifies the general public that it has prematurely ended its partnership with School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA) when it withdrew from being an implementing partner for the project: “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youth as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda,” which received a grant award of GBP 298,658 (about 1.33 billion shillings) from the British Academy and is ongoing from March 2021 until December 2022, with research sites in Lira City and in Ngora District.
The Chairperson of the CPAR Uganda Board of Directors, Prof. Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach gave this statement:
“In compliance with CPAR Uganda’s unwavering commitment to our values – accountability, teamwork, transparency, honesty and being result oriented, I, as Board Chair, have taken this decision to withdraw CPAR Uganda’s participation in the Challenging Categories Project, with effect from 7th March 2022.”
UEA’s Dr. Ben Jones, Principal Investigator, requested our Managing Director, Ms. Norah Owaraga, to participate in developing the project proposal in expectation that both parties would jointly implement the project.
CPAR Uganda provided the project with crucial human resources, including seven young adults, university graduates, who were under the mentorship of Ms. Owaraga, to function as the project field researchers. Whereas, these young adults are continuing to work with the project, they are no longer doing so under our mentorship.
All project funds received, as well as its own funds used to pre-finance Challenging Categories project activities, CPAR Uganda has accounted for. CPAR Uganda has submitted all the required project reports and accountability supporting documentation to UEA. There is only one outstanding matter – grant funding owed to CPAR Uganda, which UEA was supposed to have disbursed to CPAR Uganda in January 2022, but has not yet done so.
CPAR Uganda Ltd Management