Our Programmes

Our current programmes involve:

  • Community Participatory Governance
  • Sustainable Livelihoods and IGAs   
  • Education and Training 
  • Peace research and policy advocacy
  • Peacebuilding consulting 
ARiD Livelihoods Programme

We plan to support income generating activities and livelihoods of households in two sub-counties in Pader district through increased agricultural productivity. Funds permitting, this will be done in phases and targeting women groups.

ARiD staff  at a consultative meeting with one of the women groups in Ogom sub-county, Pader.

ARiD will support the women groups by:

  • 1
    Conducting regular consultation meetings with the groups.
  • 2
    Trainings the groups in basic skills in agriculture and entrepreneurship
  • 3
    Providing technical support to boost productivity. 
  • 4
    Offering agricultural field extension services.
  • 5
    Providing post-harvest support services.

Who are the women?

The women consists of networks of community farming groups that have been providing informal social protection in the community. 

ARiD Education and Training Programme

Child Sponsorship

This is an education programme which involves sponsoring disadvantaged children in schools in Pader district, northern Uganda.

Baseline facts about basic education in Uganda:

  • In Uganda, there is free primary education for all and yet 1.5 million pupils never make it to secondary school every year.
  • The government grant-in-aid to schools is atmost $4.6 per child yearly.
  • Families are responsible for paying for all scholastic materials such as books – up to $155 per child per year.
  • Uganda still has the highest school dropout rate in East Africa (UNESCO, 2010)
  • On average in the conflict areas, only 64% of children who do enrol complete five years of school
  • Across northern Uganda more boys than girls enrol in each grade
  • Nearly half of six-year-olds do not enrol in school in northern Uganda as many leave school to help with chores, care for younger children or to work (SCiU,2010).
  • In Pader district, primary school completion is just 26% (SCiU,2010).
  • School facilities are overstretched and many children attend school under trees.
  • The legacy of the northern Uganda conflicts has greatly impacted the education sector
  • Few aid agencies subsidise schooling in northern Uganda.

What we can do

Together, we can support the most vulnerable children to have a a brighter future through their access and participation to complete full education cycle.

Our investment in a child’s education restores the dignity which poverty, illiteracy and disease stripped away from them.

You can support a child with any of the following things:

  • Tuition fees
  • Scholastic supplies (uniform, school bag
  • Personal effects (daily wear, a pair of lshoes, a mattress or a mosquito net).

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

  • With $20 per month, you can sponsor a child’s fees, scholastic materials and personal requirements for a year in a primary school.
  • With $15, you can buy a pair of leather shoes for a child.

 Make an everlasting difference in the life of a child in Pader

Your support for a child bonds you with him/her, the family and Uganda. Sponsoring a child's education brings joy to you and your family too! Support a child in Pader today. Pay him/her a visit if you can. You can make that difference.  

ARiD Research Programmes

The overall aim of ARiD research programme is to make research knowledge available and to facilitate social change. Research takes place both as part of our social action programmes and on thematic basis. ARiD’s research work is contextually oriented and always carried out in cooperation with local partners. Our research team comprises of scholars, academics and practitioners with rich research background and rely on rigor in scientific research. ARiD engages researchers from around the world to carry out specific projects. Our current research programmes focus on the following broad thematic areas:

  • Conflict, peace and development in Africa
  • Environmental governance
  • Human rights and economic justice
  • Leadership and governance
  • Sustainable livelihood in rural community
  • Gender and society

Community Research Centre Project

ARiD’s Community Research Centre is the first of its kind to be set up in Pader, northern Uganda. In order to support our research work, we intend to equip the Resource Centre with modern ICT facilities, essential library materials and periodicals. For the Centre to support our knowledge production unit, we still require some more computers, computer desks, books and other library materials.

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Northern Uganda Office: Obol Akal Rd., Pader Town Council - Box 17, Pader, Uganda .   Tel: +256  392 177242  - Cell: +256 772 329841                   E-mail: info@aridafrica.org
For more information, please call or e-mail:
Executive Director: Job Akuni - E-mail: job@aridafrica.org - Programs Coordinator: Ben Otto Adol - E-mail: ben@aridafrica.org