Advance Afrika was incorporated in Uganda in 2012 as a not-for-profit entity and later in 2016 registered as an indigenous Non-Governmental Organisation. Our aim is to contribute to a safe and free society that upholds the dignity of every person. We seek innovative approaches for creating sustainable sources of livelihood in order to foster resilience among vulnerable people and social justice in the region.
We work with vulnerable youth, including but not limited to prison inmates and ex-inmates whom we assist by supporting them with knowledge and skills to seek work, develop decent enterprises and/or expand their already existing businesses. At the same time, we promote relationships between citizens and authorities in order to improve reciprocal understanding and trust. Since 2012, Advance Afrika has skilled over 1200 prison inmates with entrepreneurial and life skills and supported some of them with start-up kits to establish small businesses.
This study was conducted between June and July 2017 in Abim, Lira and Soroti to assess the capacity and support available to farmers with special emphasis on the cassava, maize and millet value chains. The study also explored issues of quality, market potential and value-addition opportunities for the value chains. Data was collected through interviews with farmers, local government staff, produce buyers and consumers, NGOs supporting farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) officials and farmers’ networks. The study established that farming was the leading economic activity in the districts, dominated by maize, millet, cassava, groundnuts and beans which served as food as well as cash crops. These crops provided food supplies for households but also served as cash crops. (more…)
Greetings from Advance Afrika!
It is our great pleasure to provide you with a quick glimpse of our 2016 Annual report highlighting our programmes and activities. Ultimately, our work is directed towards changing lives, and helping vulnerable youth restore their social functionality. As an organisation we aim at contributing to a safe and free society that upholds the dignity of every person. Since 2012 up to date, we have made remarkable efforts in the areas of rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration; youth entrepreneurship, research documentation and advocacy and institutional development and capacity strengthening.
“Civil Society Organisations complement the efforts of correctional services because the Government can no longer work in isolation.” Is the message our Country Director Rwankangi Ronald stressed when presenting about the Contribution of Civil Society in Correctional agenda in Africa at The African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) meeting in Kigali, Rwanda where all heads of Correctional Services were in in attendance. ACSA is an association of Correctional/Prisons services in Africa which was formed in 2008 to become the front runner and nucleus of Correctional professional development on the African continent and one of the leading Correctional development organisations in the world. To know more about ACSA visit http://www.africancorrectionalservicesassociation.org/.
This report presents findings and recommendations on the assessment of the business environment for micro and small enterprises in northern Uganda. The study was conducted in 8 districts of Acholi and Lango sub-region to assess the business environment in the region with a view to illuminating the opportunities and challenges of small enterprises. Data was collected through surveys involving local communities, business community, business associations, ex-prisoners, district commercial officers and credit institutions. The analysis of findings that this report presents is divided into two broad sections. The findings that relate to the general participants in micro and small businesses constitute the first part of the report. The second section presents the analysis of data generated from ex-prisoners, who were fewer than the other participants. (more…)
From 1986 to 2006, northern Uganda lived through the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency and became an epicentre of violent conflict and subsequent criminal activities. While Uganda is currently viewed as a safe, secure and politically stable country with improved infrastructure, and while progress has been made towards peace recovery and development, there is, nonetheless, widespread concern about a wide range of criminal activities that permeate the region. This report presents findings of a field research study on victim-offender relationships that was conducted between September and November 2016 in the northern districts of Lira and Kitgum in Lango and Acholi sub-regions respectively. The study focused on understanding how existing justice models impact on community cohesion, with respect to relationships between ex-prisoners and their former victims, as well as the goals, meanings and outcomes of individual reconciliation processes. (more…)