Uganda (DIG)

There is mounting evidence that graduation also serves as an effective livelihood approach for ultra-poor people with disabilities. 

Of the 1 billion people with disabilities globally, 426 million in developing countries live below the poverty line (UN, 2009). People with disabilities are poorer, and suffer more discrimination, exclusion and violence than the general population (ICAI 2018). In Uganda, 12.4%  of the population have a disability (UBOS, 2016) and 80% of people with disabilities live below the poverty line (UN Health Survey, 2006). Under-investment in disability inclusive development, a lack of rigorous evidence on the scope of the challenge and on effective programming, as well as, weak capacity and accountability of development actors is stymying progress.

Together BRAC, Humanity & Inclusion and National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU) are implementing a disability-inclusive ultra-poor graduation programme in Northern Uganda. The project forms part of a wider global partnership between BRAC and Humanity & Inclusion to test, replicate, adapt and scale contextually appropriate models for disability inclusive graduation

Through building the capacity of existing poverty reduction and social protection actors and developing evidence and best practice, we can help catalyse ultra-poor graduation programming in Uganda and beyond.

Specifically, the project will help 2,700 people aged 15 – 64 who are living in ultra-poverty. Of those, there will be a minimum of 405 (15%) people with disabilities and 70% (1890) will be women. It will take place in four Districts of Uganda: Kiryandongo District (Western Region) & Gulu, Nwoya and Oyam Districts (Northern Region) of Uganda.

We will be working closely with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development throughout this project.

Main activities:

  • Supporting inclusive livelihoods through an inclusive market assessment, income generating asset packages; technical skills training; personal business plans and; bi-monthly home coaching.
  • Social protection is supported via a six-month consumption stipend, healthcare subsidy, people with disabilities rehabilitation, physiotherapy and psychosocial support and improving access to government and NGO safety nets and services.
  • Financial Inclusion is achieved through financial literacy training and creating inclusive village savings and loans (VSLA) groups to improve financial management skills and positive savings behaviour.
  • Social Empowerment is supported by home coaching to provide individual counselling and life-skills, establishing Village Poverty Reduction Committees (VPRCs) and advocacy/social cohesion activities; a personalised approach designed to increase confidence, aspirations, and social integration within communities. 
  • The programme will increase the skills and knowledge of civil society & government actors in Uganda resulting in enhanced capacity & accountability to implement disability inclusive development.
  • We will employ a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system to identify, verify and share results with consortium partners, supported communities, and other poverty reduction and social protection actors in Uganda and internationally, and supported communities. This includes: a Digital Data Gathering system; an external evaluation to verify results; process documentation to explain how results were achieved; and the development of guidelines for adapting disability inclusive graduation programming.

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  • Funding Partners: UK Aid Direct, National Lottery Community Fund, Cartier Philanthropy and Medicor Foundation
  • Implementing Organization: BRAC Uganda, Humanity & Inclusion and the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU)
  • Participants: 2,700 (at least 15% of participants will be people with disabilities)
  • Duration: 2019-2022