Action for Development (ACFODE) is an indigenous, voluntary, non-governmental women’s organization that was formed on November 19, 1985. Its formulation was sparked off by the United Nations third World Conference on women held in Nairobi in July 1985. With a few women realizing the need for an organized forum that would provide a platform for effective debate and action on issues related to the advancement of women in Uganda, ACFODE was formed.

Since inception 28 years ago, ACFODE has been an effective platform of debate and action on issues related to the women’s empowerment in Uganda. This has been done through consolidated advocacy for policy formulation, research, capacity building, coalition building, mobilization and sensitization as her core strategies geared towards enhancing the capacity of Ugandans to champion the women’s cause and gender equality on the national agenda.

Vision: A just society where gender equality is a reality

Mission: To empower women, girls and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda

Core purpose: Advocacy for gender equality and equity

ACFODE’s values: Integrity, Commitment, Learning, Volunteerism, Respect, Teamwork, Equity and Fairness


Strategic Objectives

  • To influence the formulation and implementation of policies and legislation that promote gender equality
  • To enhance the capacity of leaders in strategic positions, girls and women as champions of gender equality
  • To promote positive social-cultural practices that protect the rights of women and girls  
  • To contribute to the implementation of programmes that economically empower women and girls in Uganda
  • To Strengthen ACFODE’s human & program systems, and practices for efficient and effective implementation of her mandate


Organizational Objectives

  • To increase women’s effective involvement in politics and decision-making through building the leadership capacity of potential female leaders at all levels.
  • To promote good governance and democracy at national, district and local council levels through democracy monitoring and civic education.
  • To defend and protect women’s rights through elimination of gender based violence and any form of discrimination against women.
  • To promote formulation and implementation of gender responsive political, economic and social policies as well as programs.
  • To build and strengthen the capacity of ACFODE and other like-minded civil society organizations for effective implementation of programs intended to benefit the vulnerable women.


Geographical Coverage

  • Central Region: Kiboga and Mubende Districts
  • Karamoja Region: Kaabong, Kotido and Moroto Districts
  • West Nile: Nebbi and Yumbe Districts
  • Northern Region (Acholi Sub-Region): Pader District
  • Lango Sub-Region: Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Lira and Oyam Districts
  • Eastern Region: Namutumba district
  • South-West: Kanungu and Kisoro districts
To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.

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