Welcome to Advocates for Research in Development (ARiD) 


ARiD is a registered national policy advocacy NGO in Uganda   

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ARiD is a charity founded in 2010 with the aim of providing a platform for enhancing knowledge-based intervention for community transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our staff comprises of a multi-disciplinary team of experienced researchers and civil society experts with background in conflict, peace and development in the African context.
ARiD is a fully registered as a national NGO in Uganda with its National Registration No S5914/9433.
Our regional offices are located in Pader, northern Uganda.
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Research programmes

The overall aim of ARiD research programme is to make research knowledge easily available to facilitate social change. Our research takes place both as part of our social action programmes, and on various themes. ARiD’s research is contextually oriented and always carried out in cooperation with other partners. We value rigor in scientific research.

Our research programmes focus on the following broad thematic areas:

  • 1
    Conflict, peace and development in Africa
  • 2
    Environmental and water resource governance
  • 3
    Human rights and economic justice
  • 4
    Governance in Africa
  • 5
    Human rights and the rule of law
  • 6
    Sustainable livelihood in rural community
  • 7

    Gender and society

    Accomplished research projects: Click here.

    On-going research project: A Longitudinal Study on the Effect of Income Generating Activity support on Education and Protection Outcomes for Children from Child Headed Households in Northern Uganda (2013-2015). Sponsor: War Child UK.

Community Research Centre Project

ARiD’s Community Research Centre is the first Centre to be set up in northern Uganda. In order to support our research work, the Centre will be equipped with modern ICT equipment and essential library materials and periodicals. For the Centre to be fully operational, it requires computers, computer furniture, bookshelves, books and other library materials.

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Director - Project Planning and Management

Photo Coming Soon Edward is the Director of Project Planning and Management. Edward, an expert in Agriculture, graduated from Arapai Agricultural College (Uganda) and has 28 years of diligence in services. Edward has passion, wide knowledge and experience in agricultural extension services with practical skills in training farmers and farmer groups in modern agricultural practices, group organization, development and general group dynamics that would bring about increased productivity. After working for eight years with Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture as an Agricultural Extension Officer with advisory responsibilities to peasant farmers, Edward coordinated Agro-forestry Project throughout the present Agago district for five years. He ensured the success of the Afro-Forestry project from its initiation, implementation and sustainability. He also managed HIV/AIDS projects that supported People Living with and Affected by HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) with foci on nutrition, WASH education, distribution of food and non-food items for three years. Since 1991, Edward’s career in the NGO world exposed him to extensive knowledge and skills in his field of expertise and that made him create expansive networks at local, regional and international levels. Edward’s vast experience in agriculture and sustainable livelihoods, HIV/AIDS projects, emergency relief and rehabilitation and fieldwork in the entire Acholi sub-region during peace, civil war and the transition to peace complement those of the ARiD team. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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The main objectives for establishing ARiD include the following:

  • To conduct cutting-edge action oriented and policy advocacy interdisciplinary research on contemporary issues affecting humankind.
  • Provide community based life-skills trainings and educational support.
  • To offer technical support services to individuals, agencies and institutions/organizations through multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral demand driven consultancies
  • To promote community led income generating activities.
  • To advocate for protection of the rights and dignity of vulnerable people


How we aim to achieve the above objectives,


imageBy establishing a Community Research Centre Cutting-edge research requires a functional modern resource centre integrated with ICT. Our field offices in Pader district houses the Community Research Centre. We value the power of contemporary information sharing and knowledge generation for social transformation. We already have the infrastructure for the community Research Centre and is connected to the Pader town electricity grid. We welcome any form of support to boost the centre with basic and essential resource materials – journals, books, newsletters or computers.








Our Community Research Centre offers space and facilities for:

  • Community research and networking
  • Conducting short training courses
  • E-learning, e-business and e-governance
  • Conducting seminars, workshops and round table discussions
  • Social space for community activities (meetings, social gatherings and consultations, etc.)

imageBy providing strategic training and education to the community We aim to provide strategic trainings to community on general life skills. All announcements regarding short training programs will be available on print and electronic media.










Keep checking our websites regularly and our news bulletin board at the ARiD head offices for current updates.


imageWe support women groups in boosting their household livelihoods and incomes in two sub-counties in Pader district.









imageWe participate in public dialogues, debates, seminars and workshops on topical matters affecting the communitytext}
imageWe conduct policy relevant research on contemporary issues in conflict, peace and development 


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Our mission is to promote social justice through empowerment, evidence-based advocacy, participation of the marginalized, and networking for better service delivery.

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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