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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In her address, Ms Regina Bafaki – the Executive Director ACFODE stretched that the purpose of the meeting was to learn from each other on how successful councils are run (especially in regard to supporting women so that they can be able to be supported in being leaders), to be able to implement the lessons in the different districts and to network and connect with each other. She also explained why the meeting was in Kabarole, sighting that Kabarole district has had among the best local government leadership, according to the ‘scorecard’ project by the Local Government Authority and ACODE.

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The objectives of this intervention included; building capacity of relevant stakeholders in lawful by-law development, equipping social actors and sub-county leadership with the knowledge and skills for effective implementation of by-laws including gender-sensitive budgeting, monitoring and moving motions and bills  in addition to generating commitment and develop action plans.

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According to the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD), Gender based Violence (GBV) undermines the health, dignity, security, mental health and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains hidden in a culture of silence. This largely acceptable practice has far reaching costs including sexual and reproductive health consequences, such as forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Gender Based Violence also leads to loss in productivity and business thus having effects on the household, society and the nation as a whole.

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Appreciating that without specific attention to gender inclusiveness, important segments of society are excluded especially women and youth, from the benefits of access to land and other productive resources, ACFODE with financial support from We Effect rolled out a five-year project titled “Enhancing Gender Equality in member-based organisations through Policy Advocacy.” The project aims to enhance capacities of We Effect partners in Uganda to deliver gender responsive services and products to their members (women, men and young people) through capacity building, policy review, learning reflections and peer support, male engagement, strategic engagements and media campaigns.

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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.

August, 08 2019

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.

August, 08 2019
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