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Project Summary

Project Name:- School Business Accounting and Finance (SBAF) Training 

Project period:- 15th July, 2020- 16th July, 2021  

Funder:- Anonymous

Geographical area:- National

Project brief     

                                                 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Since the government of Uganda decision in 1993 to liberalize the education sector, thousands of schools and institutions have been set up by private investors. In the secondary sub-sector, the number of private schools, at about 4000, is more than double the number of government-funded schools. This has enabled increased access to equality and quality education for many boys and girls across the country which is one of the strongest weapons against teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Unfortunately most of these schools are started up by business people who don't have the skills of education administrators but mainly focus on making profits which leads them not to prioritize the financial management of these schools which puts their survival and growth at a high risk. The situation has been worsened by the Covid- 19 pandemic prevention guidelines by the Government of Uganda which saw all schools closed as at Friday, March 20th, 2020 with the dates of re-opening not clear as yet.

The School Business Accounting and Finance Training (SBAFT) project will be supporting over 200 low cost private schools to be in position to withstand the financial pressure of Covid-19 to their schools through demand driven skills training in areas of business development, accounting, financial management and loan readiness. 

With the necessary business development, accounting, and financial management skills we expect these schools to be in position to not only survive during the lock down but also be in position to  smoothly open once the lock down restrictions have been lifted by the Government of Uganda due to development of alternative school income generating projects apart from school fees and also access to low cost financing.  

 

Project Outcomes

Outcome #1. Schools know how to manage their financial activities and working together in supporting and improving the financial management of your school.
Outcome #2 School understand their roles in relation to accountability and transparency.
Outcome #3 Schools understand the responsibilities of the Board of Management and the Head Teacher in school budgeting and planning,
Outcome #4 Schools understand how the Head Teacher and the Board of Management need to work cooperatively together.
Outcome #5 Schools understand their roles and responsibilities in the recording and reporting of financial information.
Outcome #6  Schools understand how they can prepare themselves to get and manage a loan.
Outcome #7 Schools understand the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards Indicators for Education Institutions in relation to Finance Generation and Management.

 

Learning areas on school Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

  • Topic 1: Who is the Accountable Financial Management Officer for schools.
  • Topic 2: School Income
  • Topic 3: Budgeting for a school
  • Topic 4: Keeping and maintaining school financial records and statements.
  • Topic 5: Petty Cash management
  • Topic 6: Accountability of funds
  • Topic 7: Getting and managing a school loan
  • Topic 8:- Starting a school income generating project.

Education

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Project Summary

Project Name:- School Business Accounting and Finance (SBAF) Training 

Project period:- 15th July, 2020- 16th July, 2021  

Funder:- Anonymous

Geographical area:- National

Project brief     

                                                 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Since the government of Uganda decision in 1993 to liberalize the education sector, thousands of schools and institutions have been set up by private investors. In the secondary sub-sector, the number of private schools, at about 4000, is more than double the number of government-funded schools. This has enabled increased access to equality and quality education for many boys and girls across the country which is one of the strongest weapons against teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Unfortunately most of these schools are started up by business people who don't have the skills of education administrators but mainly focus on making profits which leads them not to prioritize the financial management of these schools which puts their survival and growth at a high risk. The situation has been worsened by the Covid- 19 pandemic prevention guidelines by the Government of Uganda which saw all schools closed as at Friday, March 20th, 2020 with the dates of re-opening not clear as yet.

The School Business Accounting and Finance Training (SBAFT) project will be supporting over 200 low cost private schools to be in position to withstand the financial pressure of Covid-19 to their schools through demand driven skills training in areas of business development, accounting, financial management and loan readiness. 

With the necessary business development, accounting, and financial management skills we expect these schools to be in position to not only survive during the lock down but also be in position to  smoothly open once the lock down restrictions have been lifted by the Government of Uganda due to development of alternative school income generating projects apart from school fees and also access to low cost financing.  

 

Project Outcomes

Outcome #1. Schools know how to manage their financial activities and working together in supporting and improving the financial management of your school.
Outcome #2 School understand their roles in relation to accountability and transparency.
Outcome #3 Schools understand the responsibilities of the Board of Management and the Head Teacher in school budgeting and planning,
Outcome #4 Schools understand how the Head Teacher and the Board of Management need to work cooperatively together.
Outcome #5 Schools understand their roles and responsibilities in the recording and reporting of financial information.
Outcome #6  Schools understand how they can prepare themselves to get and manage a loan.
Outcome #7 Schools understand the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards Indicators for Education Institutions in relation to Finance Generation and Management.

 

Learning areas on school Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

  • Topic 1: Who is the Accountable Financial Management Officer for schools.
  • Topic 2: School Income
  • Topic 3: Budgeting for a school
  • Topic 4: Keeping and maintaining school financial records and statements.
  • Topic 5: Petty Cash management
  • Topic 6: Accountability of funds
  • Topic 7: Getting and managing a school loan
  • Topic 8:- Starting a school income generating project.

Education

Keep Me In School

Project Summary

Project Name:- School Business Accounting and Finance (SBAF) Training 

Project period:- 15th July, 2020- 16th July, 2021  

Funder:- Anonymous

Geographical area:- National

Project brief     

                                                 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Since the government of Uganda decision in 1993 to liberalize the education sector, thousands of schools and institutions have been set up by private investors. In the secondary sub-sector, the number of private schools, at about 4000, is more than double the number of government-funded schools. This has enabled increased access to equality and quality education for many boys and girls across the country which is one of the strongest weapons against teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Unfortunately most of these schools are started up by business people who don't have the skills of education administrators but mainly focus on making profits which leads them not to prioritize the financial management of these schools which puts their survival and growth at a high risk. The situation has been worsened by the Covid- 19 pandemic prevention guidelines by the Government of Uganda which saw all schools closed as at Friday, March 20th, 2020 with the dates of re-opening not clear as yet.

The School Business Accounting and Finance Training (SBAFT) project will be supporting over 200 low cost private schools to be in position to withstand the financial pressure of Covid-19 to their schools through demand driven skills training in areas of business development, accounting, financial management and loan readiness. 

With the necessary business development, accounting, and financial management skills we expect these schools to be in position to not only survive during the lock down but also be in position to  smoothly open once the lock down restrictions have been lifted by the Government of Uganda due to development of alternative school income generating projects apart from school fees and also access to low cost financing.  

 

Project Outcomes

Outcome #1. Schools know how to manage their financial activities and working together in supporting and improving the financial management of your school.
Outcome #2 School understand their roles in relation to accountability and transparency.
Outcome #3 Schools understand the responsibilities of the Board of Management and the Head Teacher in school budgeting and planning,
Outcome #4 Schools understand how the Head Teacher and the Board of Management need to work cooperatively together.
Outcome #5 Schools understand their roles and responsibilities in the recording and reporting of financial information.
Outcome #6  Schools understand how they can prepare themselves to get and manage a loan.
Outcome #7 Schools understand the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards Indicators for Education Institutions in relation to Finance Generation and Management.

 

Learning areas on school Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

  • Topic 1: Who is the Accountable Financial Management Officer for schools.
  • Topic 2: School Income
  • Topic 3: Budgeting for a school
  • Topic 4: Keeping and maintaining school financial records and statements.
  • Topic 5: Petty Cash management
  • Topic 6: Accountability of funds
  • Topic 7: Getting and managing a school loan
  • Topic 8:- Starting a school income generating project.

Socioeconomic Empowerment

Connected Women

Project Summary

Project Name:- School Business Accounting and Finance (SBAF) Training 

Project period:- 15th July, 2020- 16th July, 2021  

Funder:- Anonymous

Geographical area:- National

Project brief     

                                                 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Since the government of Uganda decision in 1993 to liberalize the education sector, thousands of schools and institutions have been set up by private investors. In the secondary sub-sector, the number of private schools, at about 4000, is more than double the number of government-funded schools. This has enabled increased access to equality and quality education for many boys and girls across the country which is one of the strongest weapons against teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Unfortunately most of these schools are started up by business people who don't have the skills of education administrators but mainly focus on making profits which leads them not to prioritize the financial management of these schools which puts their survival and growth at a high risk. The situation has been worsened by the Covid- 19 pandemic prevention guidelines by the Government of Uganda which saw all schools closed as at Friday, March 20th, 2020 with the dates of re-opening not clear as yet.

The School Business Accounting and Finance Training (SBAFT) project will be supporting over 200 low cost private schools to be in position to withstand the financial pressure of Covid-19 to their schools through demand driven skills training in areas of business development, accounting, financial management and loan readiness. 

With the necessary business development, accounting, and financial management skills we expect these schools to be in position to not only survive during the lock down but also be in position to  smoothly open once the lock down restrictions have been lifted by the Government of Uganda due to development of alternative school income generating projects apart from school fees and also access to low cost financing.  

 

Project Outcomes

Outcome #1. Schools know how to manage their financial activities and working together in supporting and improving the financial management of your school.
Outcome #2 School understand their roles in relation to accountability and transparency.
Outcome #3 Schools understand the responsibilities of the Board of Management and the Head Teacher in school budgeting and planning,
Outcome #4 Schools understand how the Head Teacher and the Board of Management need to work cooperatively together.
Outcome #5 Schools understand their roles and responsibilities in the recording and reporting of financial information.
Outcome #6  Schools understand how they can prepare themselves to get and manage a loan.
Outcome #7 Schools understand the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards Indicators for Education Institutions in relation to Finance Generation and Management.

 

Learning areas on school Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

  • Topic 1: Who is the Accountable Financial Management Officer for schools.
  • Topic 2: School Income
  • Topic 3: Budgeting for a school
  • Topic 4: Keeping and maintaining school financial records and statements.
  • Topic 5: Petty Cash management
  • Topic 6: Accountability of funds
  • Topic 7: Getting and managing a school loan
  • Topic 8:- Starting a school income generating project.

Education

School Business Accounting Finance Management Training

Project Summary

Project Name:- School Business Accounting and Finance (SBAF) Training 

Project period:- 15th July, 2020- 16th July, 2021  

Funder:- Anonymous

Geographical area:- National

Project brief     

                                                 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

Since the government of Uganda decision in 1993 to liberalize the education sector, thousands of schools and institutions have been set up by private investors. In the secondary sub-sector, the number of private schools, at about 4000, is more than double the number of government-funded schools. This has enabled increased access to equality and quality education for many boys and girls across the country which is one of the strongest weapons against teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Unfortunately most of these schools are started up by business people who don't have the skills of education administrators but mainly focus on making profits which leads them not to prioritize the financial management of these schools which puts their survival and growth at a high risk. The situation has been worsened by the Covid- 19 pandemic prevention guidelines by the Government of Uganda which saw all schools closed as at Friday, March 20th, 2020 with the dates of re-opening not clear as yet.

The School Business Accounting and Finance Training (SBAFT) project will be supporting over 200 low cost private schools to be in position to withstand the financial pressure of Covid-19 to their schools through demand driven skills training in areas of business development, accounting, financial management and loan readiness. 

With the necessary business development, accounting, and financial management skills we expect these schools to be in position to not only survive during the lock down but also be in position to  smoothly open once the lock down restrictions have been lifted by the Government of Uganda due to development of alternative school income generating projects apart from school fees and also access to low cost financing.  

 

Project Outcomes

Outcome #1. Schools know how to manage their financial activities and working together in supporting and improving the financial management of your school.
Outcome #2 School understand their roles in relation to accountability and transparency.
Outcome #3 Schools understand the responsibilities of the Board of Management and the Head Teacher in school budgeting and planning,
Outcome #4 Schools understand how the Head Teacher and the Board of Management need to work cooperatively together.
Outcome #5 Schools understand their roles and responsibilities in the recording and reporting of financial information.
Outcome #6  Schools understand how they can prepare themselves to get and manage a loan.
Outcome #7 Schools understand the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards Indicators for Education Institutions in relation to Finance Generation and Management.

 

Learning areas on school Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

  • Topic 1: Who is the Accountable Financial Management Officer for schools.
  • Topic 2: School Income
  • Topic 3: Budgeting for a school
  • Topic 4: Keeping and maintaining school financial records and statements.
  • Topic 5: Petty Cash management
  • Topic 6: Accountability of funds
  • Topic 7: Getting and managing a school loan
  • Topic 8:- Starting a school income generating project.

Community empowerment, economic empowerment and adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Amplified Community Action Against- Teenage Pregnancy and Child Marriage (ACAA-TPCM) Project

Project Summary

 

Project Name:- Amplified Community Action Against- Teenage Pregnancy and Child Marriage (ACAA-TPCM) Project

Project period:- 15th June, 2020- 14th June, 2022  

Funder:- Capital for Good through Girls First Fund

Geographical area:- Maracha District, (Oleba Sub-County, Kijomoro  Sub-County and Oluffe Sub- county and , Arua (Vurra Sub-County )

 

Project brief     

                                                 

Amani Initiative will implement work that will focus on setting up a community taskforce of change agents involving multiple stakeholders as champions against child marriage. The stakeholders will be mobilized to become change agents in the fight against negative norms and behaviors that contribute to teenage pregnancy and child marriage, including lack of access to SRHR services and information. The stakeholders to be targeted include key decision makers and influencers including parents, the judiciary, police, local council leaders, religious leaders, and motorcycle taxi drivers. Similarly, school-level task forces involving head teachers, senior women teachers, and PTA chairpersons will also be initiated.

 

Amani Initiative will work alongside both girls and boys by providing a platform through which they can access age appropriate sexual & reproductive health information to enable them to make informed decisions to prevent teenage pregnancy and child marriages. Girls who are mothers will also participate in self-supporting groups. Through these groups they will have access to loan facilities to start basic income generating activities and access to sexual & reproductive health services for social and economic empowerment.

 

Project Outcomes

 

Outcome #1 Increased capacity of community change agents to prevent child marriages and teenage pregnancies through awareness creation and referral of victims to relevant authorities.

Outcome #2 Improved community knowledge, behaviors and mindsets on the dangers of child marriages and teenage pregnancy

Outcome #3 Increased access to sexual reproductive health information and services

Outcome #4 Increased socio-economic security for child mothers and vulnerable communities.

 

Project key activities and targets

 

30 Community Agents to be identified and trained to take lead in community sensitization, prevention, identification, and reporting cases of child marriage and teenage pregnancy to authorities. 

 

320 community members to be sensitized on the relevant laws on child marriage and also information on effects and ways of preventing child marriage and teenage pregnancy during community dialogues.

 

80 child mothers to be provided with a safe space in which to gain entrepreneurship, financial literacy and life skills as well as access sexual and reproductive health information and services. The child mothers are to be organized into self supporting Village Saving Loan Schemes through which they will have access to low cost financing for their income generating projects.

 

480 adolescents (16-24) to receive age appropriate sexual and reproductive  health education, leadership skills and other life skills to be in position to make informed life decisions.

 

 

448 in school youths to be supported with scholastic materials such a pens, books, mathematical sets, school bags so to provide them with a conducive environment to learn but also motivate them to keep in school and study hard. 

 

960 parents from partner schools to be trained on aspects of parenting skills and relevant sexual and reproductive information that they can use to guide their children.

 

 

1,600 in school children reached out during school based awareness campaigns on prevention of teenage pregnancy, child marriage and children protection.

 

32 school administrators supported to come up with school policies that promote child protection and safe guarding with a focus on prevention, identification, response and reporting of school based cases of child abuse. 

Social and Economic Empowerement

Attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control in the West Nile regions of Uganda through optimization of high impact interventions to achieve UNAIDS 95:95:95 targets

With funding from  (CDC)/PEPFAR, IDI is implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services project ‘Attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control in the West Nile regions of Uganda through optimization of high impact interventions to achieve UNAIDS 95:95:95 targets.

Amani Initiative has been awarded a sub-grant from IDI to implement the project within Maracha District directly with 11 health centers within the district.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

To attain and sustain HIV epidemic control in the West Nile region of Uganda through optimization of high impact interventions to achieve UNAIDS 95:95:95 targets; and strengthening national, regional, district level capacities to meet MoH minimum performance.

Capacity building

Institutional Capacity Building for Effective Community Transformation Project

Project Summary

Project Name:- Institutional Capacity Building for Effective Community Transformation Project

Project period:- 1st August, 2020- 31st July, 2021

Funder:- UN Women

Geographical area:- West Nile Region

 

Project brief

 

The Institutional Capacity Building for Effective Community Transformation Project is a 12 months project to be implemented by Amani Initiative in partnership with Save the Maracha Girl, West Nile Youth Empowerment Centre and Maracha District Women Caucus as part of the WPHF COVID19 emergency response window dedicated towards Institutional capacity strengthening of Amani Initiative and partner organizations to enhance sustainability and effective response to women’s protection against sexual and gender based violence and human rights violations to contribute towards our intended impact of “A community without sexual gender based violence and women rights’ violation.”

 

How project to build capacity of Amani Initiative and partners.

 

This will be by supporting Amani Initiative under four key areas that are hindering our progress to growth and sustainability which include:-

 

Developing a Management Information System (M.I.S) to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness in running organizational management systems such as human resource management, procurement, financial management and program planning and management.

 

Procure key equipment and assets such as laptops and smart phones to facilitate communication and digital engagement as well as motorcycles and bicycles to enable field staff and community change agents reach out to the women and girls in position to be in position to prevent and respond to cases of sexual violence and gender based violence.

 

Developing a resource mobilization strategy for the organization that will increase our chances to mobilize both traditional and non-traditional sources of funding during and after Covid-19 hence ensuring our sustainability.

 

Development of an organization risk management and contingency plan to be well prepared to manage emergencies at organizational and beneficiary level.

Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health

Building Capacities of Community Members as Grassroot Soccer Coaches

Project Summary

 

Project Name:- Building Capacities of Community Members as Grassroot Soccer Coaches

Project period:- 12th December, 2019- 13th December, 2020

Funder:- PeaceCorps, and Individual members

Geographical area:- Maracha District and Arua District.

 

Project brief 

Grassroots Soccer (GRS) is a curriculum which uses the power of soccer (football) to teach youth about HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), healthy relationship building, and developing long term goals. The project will include one comprehensive week long coaches training for six school teachers (three female and three male), three community health workers (one female and two male), and two community members (two male). They will be trained in GRS SKILLZ mixed gender, SKILLZ Girls, and SKILLZ Guyz curriculum.

The training will be led by Peace Corp Uganda health program staff. After the training, the newly trained coaches will implement a three-day camp using SKILLZ Mixed curriculum reaching 120 youth in and out of school (60 boys and 60 girls).

 

The in-school youth will be identified by teachers and the out of school youth will be identified by community leaders. During the camp there will be three PeaceCorp Volunteers who have implemented GRS to help guide and give feedback to the new coaches. Once the 2020 school term begins, each coach will be expected to implement the program in their school or community with 6 teams of 24 youth going through the 12 week interventions.

Project Goal:- To reach in and out of school youth through the Grassroot Soccer program.

Project Objectives:-

  1. Teachers, community members, and health workers will acquire skills in HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health to reach youth.
  2. In and out of school youth to be trained on healthy relationship building to reduced new HIV infections and teenage pregnancy among youth.

Project targets

11 teachers, community members, and health workers will be trained as Grassroots Soccer coaches.

 

 

264 youth in and out of school will participate in a week long GRS camp learning about HIV, SRH, healthy relationships, and life skills. 

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Social Economic Empowerement

SHE Boss- Rego Foundation

Project Summary

 

Project Name:- #SheBoss

Project period:- 19th May, 2020- 31st July, 2020

Funder:- Rego Foundation

Geographical area:- Kampala Slums (Ggaba)

 

Project Brief

Rego Foundation contracted the services of Amani Initiative to facilitate financial literacy sessions for their young women under the #SheBoss program implemented jointly with Innovation Village.

 

Rego Foundation aims to improve the socio-economic status of 6,000 young women living in rural and urban-poor communities by the end of 2024. Rego Foundation is championing for the empowerment of young women by building their capacities in harnessing livelihood strategies through entrepreneurial induction, training, business and product development and marketing.

 

Through Rego Foundation’s micro-enterprise incubator, Rego hopes to achieve a free and equitable society where young women and girls are in charge of the decisions that affect their lives through the #SheBoss Program.

 

#SheBoss Program Description

 

SheBoss is a 6-weeks training program for micro entrepreneurs designed to accelerate the growth and success of micro-enterprises through an array of business development services that are critical to the entry, survival, productivity, competitiveness and growth of small businesses.

 

SheBoss aims to improve the performance of small enterprises by leveraging access to financial and non-financial services and expanding markets for microenterprise products and services.

 

Upon completion of the program, beneficiaries are on boarded onto the RegoNow; linked to working capital grants and subsequent flexible micro loans.

 

Financial Literacy component under the #SheBoss Program.

 

The financial literacy component under the #SheBoss Program will directly contribute to the beneficiaries of the program having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their personal, family and business finances well.

 

Amani Initiative expects to reach to at least 200 young women and adolescent girls between 18-35 years engaging in informal economic activities during the project period.

 

Skills areas to be provided:-

 

Module #1 Personal Financial Management

Module Outcome:- The beneficiaries have improved financial literacy knowledge and be in position to exhibit improved confidence in financial literacy by setting up personal financial smart goals and budgets.

 

Module #2 Savings and Spending.

Participants are expected to develop a good saving culture, come up with a savings plan and start saving with a goal in mind.

 

Module #3 Loan and Debt Management.

A good loan is productive for a growth of any investment. Unfortunately most people are not aware of the process of obtaining and managing that loan. This is the core reason to why the program introduces the SHEBoss to concepts of loan knowledge and management. 

 

Module #4 Investments

The module introduces the participants to the relevant knowledge, skills and confidence on how they can grow their money. They learn about costs of investment, preparing a business plan and pitching of a business plan to investors. 

 

Methodology and Approach

The overall training methodology will be our tested and proven approach known as EPALA (Experiential, Participatory, Adult Learning and Assessment). This is an anagogical approach, of active participants in sharing knowledge, alongside the facilitator, as opposed to pedagogy of knowledge giving and receiving, common with teaching.

 

The modules will be delivered in 2-hour sessions of lectures, question-and-answer, case studies, life-stories, simulations. At the end of each session, participants will draw PERSONAL ACTION PLANS and COMMITMENTS in relation to their financial life.

 

The entire training will be compiled into a manual at the very end of the training, though each session will have adhoc-handouts for immediate take-home. These handouts will be combined in what we call a financial diary where the participants will monitor and follow their financial literacy and behavior progress.

Social Economic Empowerement

SHE Boss- Rego Foundation

Project Summary

 

Project Name:- #SheBoss

Project period:- 19th May, 2020- 31st July, 2020

Funder:- Rego Foundation

Geographical area:- Kampala Slums (Ggaba)

 

Project Brief

Rego Foundation contracted the services of Amani Initiative to facilitate financial literacy sessions for their young women under the #SheBoss program implemented jointly with Innovation Village.

 

Rego Foundation aims to improve the socio-economic status of 6,000 young women living in rural and urban-poor communities by the end of 2024. Rego Foundation is championing for the empowerment of young women by building their capacities in harnessing livelihood strategies through entrepreneurial induction, training, business and product development and marketing.

 

Through Rego Foundation’s micro-enterprise incubator, Rego hopes to achieve a free and equitable society where young women and girls are in charge of the decisions that affect their lives through the #SheBoss Program.

 

#SheBoss Program Description

 

SheBoss is a 6-weeks training program for micro entrepreneurs designed to accelerate the growth and success of micro-enterprises through an array of business development services that are critical to the entry, survival, productivity, competitiveness and growth of small businesses.

 

SheBoss aims to improve the performance of small enterprises by leveraging access to financial and non-financial services and expanding markets for microenterprise products and services.

 

Upon completion of the program, beneficiaries are on boarded onto the RegoNow; linked to working capital grants and subsequent flexible micro loans.

 

Financial Literacy component under the #SheBoss Program.

 

The financial literacy component under the #SheBoss Program will directly contribute to the beneficiaries of the program having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their personal, family and business finances well.

 

Amani Initiative expects to reach to at least 200 young women and adolescent girls between 18-35 years engaging in informal economic activities during the project period.

 

Skills areas to be provided:-

 

Module #1 Personal Financial Management

Module Outcome:- The beneficiaries have improved financial literacy knowledge and be in position to exhibit improved confidence in financial literacy by setting up personal financial smart goals and budgets.

 

Module #2 Savings and Spending.

Participants are expected to develop a good saving culture, come up with a savings plan and start saving with a goal in mind.

 

Module #3 Loan and Debt Management.

A good loan is productive for a growth of any investment. Unfortunately most people are not aware of the process of obtaining and managing that loan. This is the core reason to why the program introduces the SHEBoss to concepts of loan knowledge and management. 

 

Module #4 Investments

The module introduces the participants to the relevant knowledge, skills and confidence on how they can grow their money. They learn about costs of investment, preparing a business plan and pitching of a business plan to investors. 

 

Methodology and Approach

The overall training methodology will be our tested and proven approach known as EPALA (Experiential, Participatory, Adult Learning and Assessment). This is an anagogical approach, of active participants in sharing knowledge, alongside the facilitator, as opposed to pedagogy of knowledge giving and receiving, common with teaching.

 

The modules will be delivered in 2-hour sessions of lectures, question-and-answer, case studies, life-stories, simulations. At the end of each session, participants will draw PERSONAL ACTION PLANS and COMMITMENTS in relation to their financial life.

 

The entire training will be compiled into a manual at the very end of the training, though each session will have adhoc-handouts for immediate take-home. These handouts will be combined in what we call a financial diary where the participants will monitor and follow their financial literacy and behavior progress.

Community Empowerement

The Community and District Empowerement for Scale- up project

CODES was a learning project that aimed to show how a district health system management and   community strategy can be taken to scale. This five year project that was being implemented by      Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Ministry of Health, UNICEF, Child Fund International, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Makerere University School of Public Health brought together local organizations such as Amani Initiative to reach out to the community structures.

Amani Initiative was mandated to help the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health to boost it’s own capacity to implement policies and interventions that lead to a wide array of    improvements in health outcomes especially concerned with the control of the top child killer diseases within Arua, and   Maracha districts.

The CODES project was structured around three main pillars which included:-

1)Improved targeting of interventions to match disease burden at the district level

2)Evidence –based management tools used to improve district health team performance.

3)Increased community oversight to strengthen demand and exact accountability

The role of Amani Initiative during CODES

Amani Initiative carried out the demand side component of CODES, where ACODE employed a behavioral change communication approach of Community Dialogues” The Community Dialogues that were facilitated in sub-counties in the districts of Maracha and Arua were meant to be a vehicle for Empowerment of people in communities to demand for and receive better health services.

Through engaging trained facilitator’s post-dialogue community monitoring visits were held  in held in communities that participated in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 CODES dialogues.

Six community dialogues were held in Arua District and six dialogues inn Maracha District. These dialogues brought together over 500 community members together with their leaders, and health    officials to identify the issues facing health delivery and how to solve them. The field notes for both the post-dialogue monitoring visits and community dialogues included    information on the breakout     sessions, action plans, and community contracts. These notes were used to prepare a publication that was presented to Ministry of Health with key recommendations in the public health sector in Uganda.

Policy recommendations as the result of the CODES project

As the result of the CODES Initiative; the following policy recommendations were put forward under the publication ; “ Assessing the Management and Administration in Public Health Facilities of Uganda and the Implications for the Healthcare Service Delivery and Utilization.” Evidence from the CODES Project. The findings and recommendations from CODES were made public on Friday, 4th November, 2016 at Protea Hotel at aired live on NTV

1)There is need to organize periodic capacity building and training in leadership and human resource management and development for health facility in-charges

2)There is need to employ appropriate innovations and motivation practices for health workers

3) There is need to build trust in healthcare service delivery by having health professionals, managers and public service workers who are trusted to deliver a high quality service. Trust can easily be built at the health centers by ensuring that the health service providers can meet the needs of the users and be available when needed.

4) Strengthening supervision, monitoring and inspection of lower health facilities

5) Organizing periodic cross-district and intra-district peer to peer learning sessions by central and local governments to consider organizing and facilitating these sessions.

6) Ensuring holistic approach in addressing systematic challenges to service delivery

Youth Social & Economic Empowerment

Aflateen Social & Financial Education project

The overall goal of the program is to, “Incorporate social & financial education and activities to help children and youth make sound financial decisions.” 

Objectives of the Project:-

  • Change in financial behavior and practice among youth
  • Enhance the skills and ability of youth to build and preserve financial assets (enterprise assets and money)
  • Foster entrepreneurship, employment and economic empowerment among young people.

Amani Initiative took lead in implementing the Aflateen Program in 30 secondary schools for term 1 & 2 in 2015 and 2016.

The Aflateen programme is a curriculum created by the Aflatoun International secretariat that brings social and financial education to youth worldwide. Tailored specifically for this developmental phase, the Aflateen programme not only teaches about finance but also encourages young people to question the world around them.        

The Aflateen Program is being implemented in secondary schools in Uganda by the Private Education Development Network with the support of Citibank Uganda Limited under Citi Foundation. 

The program used a social & financial education program under the modules below:-

  • Module One: Personal Development
  • Module Two: - Financial Management
  • Module Three: Saving
  • Module Four: Financial Service Providers
  • Module Five: Social & Financial Enterprises

The project reached out to over 3000 in school and 150 out of school youth across Arua and Maracha districts.

Community Empowerement

Ending Child Marriage in Uganda; A CSO Led Advocacy Campaign Project

Girls Not Brides Uganda received a strengthening grant from Amplify Change through Joy for Children Uganda.  The Grant was implemented in the Districts of Maracha, Moroto, Butaleja, Masindi, Lyantonde and Kasese for a period of 18 months to achieve the following objectives:

1)Strengthened capacity of CSO network and political mapping, gathering evidence and advocating at national and district levels to combat child marriage in Uganda.

2)To build a sound resource and knowledge base of evidence research, tools and publications to inform, strengthen and guide both the advocacy work and capacity building of the local district governments work on the project.

3) Increased commitment of policy and decision makers at national and district levels to the effective implementation of the NSCM &TP and other laws and strategies related to child marriage.

4) To overcome barriers to implementation of the NSCM &TP at district level by strengthening the understanding, support and capacity of district and sub-county level officials to implement the NSCM & TP.

Amani Initiative  implemented the project in Maracha district with a focus on four sub-counties of Yivu, Nyadri, Kijomoro and Olufe as well as the district Town Council. The selection of the sub counties where selected due to the high prevalence of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in those particular areas as demonstrated below:-

1)Kijomoro subcounty (39.9% )

2)Nyadri sub county (22.6%)

3)Yivu Sub county (20.2% )

4) Oluffe Sub County (17.4%)

Key achievements under the project

1)There has been an increased awareness on the issue of child marriage in the district and key stakeholders are getting more involved such as religious leaders, police, elders, and youth.

2) Amani Initiative has been able to directly involve champions in creating awareness on the issue of child marriage in the community.

3) Nyadri Sub-County has adopted the National Strategy against child marriage in its 2018/19 budget and work plan it will be presenting to the district.

4) By laws on late night markets, discos have been enacted in Kijomoro Sub-County which will help in reducing the risk of child marriage.

5)The  media has been greatly involved in this advocacy whereby local radio stations in west Nile like. Radio pacis, Arua one fm broadcasted in news what we are advocating about during the launch of the project.

6) Three cases of child marriage were reported to the police in Kijomoro Sub-County with only one case forwarded to the courts of law. The other 2 cases were dropped due to lack of evidence.

7) The district education department has out in place 2,000,000/= towards supporting marginalized girls to stay in school.

8) 3 child mothers have been integrated back to school to avoid the risk of being married off by their parents.

9) The police has conducted 5 community police dialogues in which they shared with the community on laws against child marriage and how to report these cases.

10) The SOVCC and DOVCC are now more aware of the National Strategy against teenage pregnancy & child marriage and they are putting in place strategies on how to include these activities in their work plan

11) 8 community dialogues on child marriage organized in Oluffe, Kijomoro, Oleba and Nyadri sub-counties with 300 participants. These dialogues have enabled the project to reach out to other community stakeholders such as the elders and cultural leaders who have a strategic role in the fight against child marriage at the community level.

12) Oluffe Sub County has formed the trading center committees to make sure that market days are started early and close early at least by 7:30 pm all markets should be closed. Late markets were realized as platforms which influence bad behaviors amongst adolescents that could lead to teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

13) Oluffe Sub County is not awarding licenses for disco operation in the sub county as discos’ in the community don’t have age restriction which puts teenage girls at the risk of teenage pregnancy and child marriage. 

14) The district has set up a system to collect data on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) who are at high risk of child marriage but data not yet collected.

15) Communication from secretary for social services indicated that the DOVCC and SOVCC are now active in the district and sub county levels.

16) School sensitization's at Lamila Ciru Primary School and Ombinyiri Primary School reaching out to over 1200 youth with information on how to protect themselves against child marriage.

17) District champions have continued to spearhead initiatives on ending child marriage through sensitization at churches, community gatherings and also taking part in project activities

Economic Empowerement

Ama Ecora Teenage Parents Entrepreneurship Project

Teenage Pregnancy & Child Marriage usually denies the victim an opportunity to education which might lead to unemployment and poverty. As a solution to the impact of teenage pregnancy & early marriage, Amani Initiative engaged the LC One of Anyavu village (Yivu Sub-County) Maracha to identify teenage parents for a one year entrepreneurship project. This project was launched on 1st March 2013 with 4 week entrepreneurship training at Yivu Abea Church of Uganda. Topics covered included marketing, opportunity identification, business planning and financial management.

Child protection and community empowerment

Prevention and Responding to Child Marriage and Early Unions Project

Amani Initiative  received funding for 12 months (15th May, 2019 to 14th May,2020) from Capital for Good to carry out activities aimed at the prevention and responding to child marriage and early unions in Maracha district aligned under 4 core strategies.

 

1) Strategy 1: Advancing girls’ leadership by working directly with girls

2)Strategy 2: Mobilizing families, communities, and influence rs

3)Strategy 3: Providing direct services to at-risk, married, and formerly married girls

4)Strategy 4: Advocating for the establishment and implementation of effective laws and policies

 

As part of the project Amani Initiative supported the formation of two girls’ parliaments, one in each of the two sub-counties of Oluffe and Oleba in Maracha District. Each parliament consisted of 10 representatives and each group of leaders included girls who are in and out-of school, married girls and/or teenage mothers, and girls with a physical disability. 

 

40 girls were trained by Amani Initiative as peer educators and received information about child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Through this process, they gained leadership and advocacy skills so that they can advocate on their own behalf and support others in their communities to do the same. Members of the girls’ parliaments and peer educators organized debates and dialogues in their local schools that helped them identify the challenges they face and propose actionable solutions.

 

Eight Community dialogues with parents and key stakeholders took place, allowing the girls to exercise their advocacy skills and share their challenges and solutions.

 

 

Selected married off girls received entrepreneurship and hands on skills training to enable them support themselves and households.

 

 

Results from the project.

Emergency Response

Tualu Ama Ecora Campaign

On December 31, 2019 The Government of China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown strain transmitted from person to person in Wuhan city, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was then identified and scientifically code-named COVID-19. On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. On March 11, 2020, WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic. Most of the world’s countries and territories have now reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19, and the risk of continued spread between and within countries is very high.

Covid-19 Response under Tualu Ama Ecora Campaign

Household visits to respond and avert cases of gender based violence

Amani Initiative partnered with West Nile Youth Empowerment Center (WYEC) and other CSO’s within Arua District to implement the Tualu Ama Ecora Campaign (An initiative of West Nile Youth Empowerment Center initiative) aimed to respond to Covid-19 through the tagline Act Now,Reach Out,Speak Out. Tualu Ama Ecora a Lugbara word means “Together We Can”

Objectives of the Tualu Ama Ecora Campaign

  1. Mobilize all sections of society to act and prevent Covid-19
  2. Increase information on COVID-19 in grassroots Communities through door to door information dissemination among the public regarding the COVID-19 and how best to save ourselves from being victims of this pandemic using the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization Guidelines.
  3. Reduce cases of gender based violence and child abuse at household levels due to Covid-19 lock-down effect.
  4. Food relief to vulnerable households that were depending on hand to mouth.
Food relief to over 50 people within Maracha District through support of Girls First Fund
Home based sensitization's on gender based violence and child protection.

 

Emergency Response

Hear Us Out-voices that speak for thousands (VOICES AGAINST DEFILEMENT) project

This was a 3 months study about the rising rates of Defilement in Uganda despite the existing laws with emphasis on geographical location and age (1/8/2013-1/11/2013).

 

Despite the existence of strong laws and the recent sentencing guidelines, defilement cases are on the rise with 7,690 cases reported in 2011 with most not reported to police. Quoting Inspector General of Police (Lt.Gen.Kale Kayihura), “Parents use this case to defeat justice and achieve monitory gains.”

 

The failure of the law in regard to defilement has had a direct impact on the increasing levels of teenage pregnancy with Uganda having one of the highest rates in the world at 24% of her teenage girls.


Defilement has an adverse effect to the psychological, health and social development of a victim and her/his family. Ignorance of the law, lack of a birth registration policy, poverty, corruption and cultural rigidity has denied the victims and their families any form of justice.

 

Ignorance of immediate responses to defilement and accessibility to health center for the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Treatment has also led to some of the defilement victims to acquire HIV/AIDs.

 

This study was carried out in 7 districts covering target group from Urban Centers, Rural Centers, SemiUrban Centers, Children ( 8-20 years), policy makers ( police, judiciary & local leaders) with more than 2300 individuals directly taking part.

 

The study was intended to come with the gaps that have resulted into the failure of the existing laws to curb the issue of defilement in Uganda.

The study also went ahead to ascertain individual concepts about defilement and level of sensitization especially amongst the young people. 1764 young individuals between (8-20) were directly engaged in the study through sensitization and an essay/poem writing competition to empower their knowledge and fight against defilement.

 

The study also included various community leaders from Yumbe, Maracha, Kampala and Kaliro Districts. The general public was also engaged through 2 Radio Talk Shows organized by Radio Pacis in Arua District and A Poetry & Music Evening on 1 st October at the Uganda Museum.

 

To learn more about the study findings download report (Hear-Us-Out-voices-that-speak-for-thousands-VOICES-AGAINST-DEFILEMENT-Final-Report-2013- )