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Action for Development

Area served: Uganda
Kampala
Telephone: +256 41 4531812
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Action For Development (ACFODE) is an indigenous, voluntary, non governmental women's interest and development organization.
ACFODE works to empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda


Main Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education
  • Networking
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Training & Skills

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Action For Development (ACFODE) is an indigenous, voluntary, non governmental women's interest and development organization.

Our mission is to empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda

Action for Development (ACFODE) is an indigenous, voluntary, non-governmental women's organization whose formation was stimulated by the United Nations Third World Conference on Women held in Nairobi in July 1985. 

After being denied the right of entry to the conference due to the overriding political control that was in Uganda at the time, the idea of creating a women’s organization that would not be controlled by the state or political party was conceived by a few women academicians led by Dr Hilda Tadria. Others included Dr. Joy Kwesiga and Dr. Ruth Mukama. The three needed to incorporate the ideas that had been discussed during the conference with in ACFODE’s mandate and so they approached Dr. Maxine Ankrah who had attended. She accepted to join them and this led to the birth of ACFODE.

Since inception 25 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. 

Focal areas

  • Sexual And Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and discrimination
  • Women's rights and opportunities
  • Good governance and democracy
  • Women's economic, social and political empowerment
  • Institutional development

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

Trainings and Workshops

Stella Kiria
Head Teacher, Buwambi Primary School
Namutumba District

"After the ACFODE training in September 2012, I learned that as a leader, it is important to leave a good legacy. Therefore, in July 2013 I gathered all 6 female teachers from my school and formed a female teachers association. The association exists to promote the economic development of its members. Every month members contribute 30,000/- each to a construction fund and the lump sum is given to a chosen member to build her family home. So far, our group Treasurer has been able to Plaster the walls of her house, as a result oF this fund.

Our association also collects an extra 3,000/-, from members on a weekly basis as part of a fund to purchase agricultural products. At the end of the month, we divide the products amongst ourselves and trade them for regular income. I am grateful to ACFODE for teaching me such relevant leadership skills, which are of benefit not only to me, but people around me."