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Uganda

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Catalyze change-makers to promote economic growth, increase government accountability, and improve health and nutrition for vulnerable communities.

The context

In the aftermath of a generation-long civil war that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions more, Uganda is finally healing. But population growth is straining resources and services in a country that still has a long way to go. The economy is relatively stable, but conflicts over land threaten agricultural livelihoods, upon which 80 percent of the population depends. The challenges include fragmented markets, low productivity, stubbornly poor child health indicators and weak infrastructure that impedes rapid growth and makes it difficult to achieve a sustained improvement in living conditions.

Our work

  • Agriculture & Food: Training farmer groups in business skills to grow subsistence plots to small-scale commercial farming operations
  • Economic development: Providing jobs building roads that link farms to markets
  • Conflict & Governance: Working with elder councils to promote peacebuilding efforts and lead events to foster trust between tribes

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