2 new development projects

Two young adults, beneficiaries of our mentoring programme, have trully come of age as innovators against poverty for their respective rural communities. With guidance from our lead mentor, our two budding innovators, did participatory action research and consultations within their respective communities and on that basis authored a project proposal each. The first one, "500 women of… Continue reading 2 new development projects

Women access to finance

500 WOMEN OF OCHELAKUR SUB-COUNTY ACCESS FINANCE project is the first in a series of projects under our RURAL DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION PROGRAMME that we officially launched this month. WE ARE TARGETING TO RAISE 10 M (TEN MILLION SHILLINGS) as seed money for establishing and growing a loan scheme fund through which 500 women will access… Continue reading Women access to finance

Welding apprenticeships

Our Rural Development Innovation Programme has officially launched this month! Please support our work by making a donation in support of "WELDING APPRENTICESHIPS FOR 25 YOUTH IN PADER." WE ARE TARGETING TO RAISE 10 M (TEN MILLION SHILLINGS) to enable us equip our Pader Artisanal Centre with the necessary machines and equipment so that Rural… Continue reading Welding apprenticeships

J. E. Okello among COVID-19 inspired innovators

The COVID-19 pandemic induced lock-downs during 2019 to 2021 reminded us of the importance of artisanal livelihoods. I am among those who chose to innovate and to learn an artisanal skill during the lock-downs. I, a university graduate, humbled myself and sought an apprenticeship with a well-established welder in a rural trading centre. On learning… Continue reading J. E. Okello among COVID-19 inspired innovators

Lessons from ‘community shylock’ Oluka

Young and bursting with ambition, he sees himself trek the distance between Teso and Kampala, determined to only return to his sleepy little Ocelakur Village as an inspirational trendy tie, expensive suit wearing, Mortar Board clad graduate of Development Studies. He sees himself seated at the back of a trendy 4 X 4, as a… Continue reading Lessons from ‘community shylock’ Oluka

Prof. Orach on why it isn’t enough to give learners only theoretical knowledge

As a person who has been in the education system, as a teacher for many years, the biggest challenge that we have is our university education is so theoretical. You find that training and education at a lower level might give more practical skills to people than at a higher level. Increasingly, our focus should… Continue reading Prof. Orach on why it isn’t enough to give learners only theoretical knowledge

Meaning of Participation

"Participation" is one of those concepts that is taken for granted as so obvious and universal for all, but it is not always the case that we all have a universal understanding of it, particularly so in the context of the development arena. It is doubtful, for example, that in practice we accept it as:… Continue reading Meaning of Participation

Letter to Customary Land Owners

There are opportunities that these new cities may create, but at the same time, we have to be alive to the reality that some fraudulent people can manipulate the community for selfish gains. Protect your land. You don't need to sell it in order to get money to buy land and settle elsewhere as some people are doing. You don't need to convert it to another tenure. You can safely own your customary land in a city, because the tenure is recognised under the law. What is only regulated is the land use.