Leadership Development
To enhance the capacity of leaders in strategic positions, girls and women as champions of gender equality
Policy Advocacy & Research
To influence the formulation and implementation of policies and legislation that promote gender equality
Transformative Social - Cultural Economic
To promote positive social-cultural practices that protect the rights of women and girls

Economic Empowerment
To contribute to the implementation of programmes that economically empower women and girls in Uganda
Institutional Development
To Strengthen ACFODE’s human & program systems, and practices for efficient and effective implementation of her mandate
Mission & Vision
To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.
Vision: A just society where gender equality is a reality

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ACFODE organized mentoring and coaching sessions for district and sub county women caucuses of Kalangala, Oyam, Apac, Rakai and Kibale on 15th June, 2019. The sessions provided a platform for women councilors to discuss, reflect and agree on significant advocacy initiatives to undertake, interact with other women councilors and also share skills and knowledge to strengthen the functioning of the caucuses and implementation of their action plans.

70 women councilors benefited from these sessions with 15 in Rakai, 15 in Kibale, 15 in Oyam, 10 in Kalangala and 15 in Apac. During the different sessions held concurrently in the five districts, women councilors shared their achievements, challenges encountered and the strategies employed to create an impact.  

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In our pursuit of a just society where gender equality is a reality, ACFODE has comprehended that land ownership and access by women is still a challenge though a vital resource, critical factor of production and an essential pillar of human existence and development in Uganda.

Uganda has well stipulated laws and policies regarding land administration like The Uganda Land Act (2010) which provides for a joint ownership of the matrimonial home and property, and prohibits either husband or wife from selling any of them without the other’s consent or of their children. However, these do not adequately protect women and girls’ land and property rights leaving them with several injustices and challenges regardless of their crucial contribution in agriculture and rural enterprises.

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Re-echoing Mary Mcleod Bathune words, Perry Aritua, the Executive Director, Women’s Democracy Network-Uganda Chapter emphasized, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power towards good deeds”. This was during the Sauti Ya Sasa mentees’ training which she co-facilitated with Susan Bakesha- an ACFODE Board Member at ACFODE House Bukoto on 24th May, 2019.

This training was one of the unique bi-monthly mentees’ engagements under Sauti Ya Sasa Mentoring Programme that are organized and implemented by ACFODE with support from GIZ Uganda. It was specifically organized as a means of equipping mentees with knowledge, skills and understanding of gender and civic engagement.

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ACFODE with support from International Rescue Committee (IRC) conducted a 3 days training to enhance the capacities of women leaders from Imvepi and Bidibidi refugee settlements and host communities. The training brought together 23 women leaders from the aforementioned settlements, 3 host community leaders, 2 IRC representatives and 2 facilitators from ACFODE. Key on agenda was equipping women leaders with knowledge and skills of influencing processes and systems for the advancement of refugee women and girls’ rights.

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As an internee, I would say my experience at ACFODE was life changing because a lot of things that I didn’t know concerning gender and work ethics were lessons I learnt and this was a very positive impact to me. First of all, the working environment was generally interesting because of the new things I was getting to learn. On my first day, I was oriented by the Executive Director, I wasn’t the only intern so there was no way I would be bored in my free time and the staff members were also nice people.


During my stay at ACFODE between 5th June to 31st July, I was placed under the Gender and Economic Policy Department under the supervision of Ms. Rukondo Rebecca. In this department I had regular assignments to do which needed me to read books and do research on the internet to get the relevant information that would answer the questions asked. I also happened to attend a workshop. Here I was able to learn communication skills i.e. ways of addressing myself as I observed how the participants where bringing out their issues to be discussed, the value of group/team work because during some of the sessions at the work shop we were placed under different groups to discuss and this improved on the topic being discussed.

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June- August is this time of the year where University students look for internship places in various Organizations. This intends to give students an advantage of working experience by the end of their undergraduate programe. As a Communication student, I got an opportunity to intern with Action for Development Organization which I got to know through a relative.

 On 5th June I introduced myself to the organization, where I found other Interns from different Universities. On arrival we were oriented by the Executive Director, who gave us all the necessary information about the organization, took us around to different offices and introduced us to the staff members, and later we were given the code of conduct to sign, since it was the norm to the people who joined the organization. On the following day, I met with my Field Supervisor, whom we had a long conversation about my expectations of the organization, and what I wanted to do.

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