BRAC in Uganda

Starting from a modest launch in 2006, Uganda is the site of BRAC’s largest and fastest scale-up in Africa. There are currently programmes operating in microfinance, small enterprise, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health, MasterCard foundation scholars programme, youth empowerment and adolescent livelihood, and the Karamoja Initiative.

Our microfinance programme is at the core of our intervention in Uganda. The programme has been designed to serve large numbers of poor people with reliable access to cost-effective financial services.

Through our agriculture, poultry and livestock programmes we aim to improve the livelihood and food consumption of rural populations by improving productivity. We are providing training and credit services, and supplying high-quality inputs, including disease-resistant seeds, fertilisers and pesticides at affordable costs.

Maternal health and under 5 child mortality has been a major focus of BRAC Uganda health programme providing pregnant women and new mothers with antenatal and postnatal care and ensuring their children’s immunisation, treatment of malaria and diarrhoea, which are the main causes of death among the under fives. Our health programme aims to improve the health status of the population with a special focus on pregnant women and children under five. This involves community-based health interventions that focus on preventive, basic curative and health promotional components.

We have entered a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to implement a scholarship programme that aims to assist young Ugandans. This scholarship will be given to 5,000 talented adolescents over an eight-year period, providing financially disadvantaged young people access to quality secondary and higher education.

The ELA programme in Uganda targets adolescent girls who are out of school. The primary goal of the programme is to assist the girls in achieving greater economic and social empowerment to become agents of change in their families and communities. The programme combines safe-spaces with innovative livelihood and life-skill training, and a customised microfinance programme for older adolescent girls. They use this platform to share and learn from each other, improve life skills knowledge and practices and up skill themselves on income generating activities through livelihood training.

Our Karamoja initiative is a holistic programmatic response to the significant challenges faced by this disadvantaged north-eastern sub-region of Uganda. The programme reaches Karamojong youth, especially girls through our youth development centres (YDCs). The programme has also pioneered BRAC’s work with boys in Uganda by establishing boys’ forums and providing boys with life-skills.

Learn more, visit: http://uganda.brac.net/