GOAL has been working in Uganda since 1979. With an operating budget of €6.3M in 2018, more than 90 staff work across six office locations. Together they deliver humanitarian and sustainable development programmes that build community resilience and support socio-economic growth. Within this, there is an active focus on health, WASH and agricultural livelihoods.
Looking to the future, GOAL is committed to facing the challenge of climate change and to safeguarding the health and economic security of local communities.
What we do in Uganda
From direct services to long-term systemic change
GOAL’s WASH programmes have reached thousands of internally displaced people in Northern and South-Eastern Uganda. Our work is designed to improve water point operation and maintenance, promote hygiene and sanitation marketing and pilot new WASH innovations (including pre-paid meters and piped water schemes). We continue to explore innovative ways to facilitate systemic changes.
From 2014 to 2018, GOAL Uganda led a systems-based programme ‘Accountability Can Transform Health’ - a person centred approach designed to improve stakeholder accountability. This flagship actively engaged local communities in the monitoring, assessment and improvement of their health service. We will continue to explore ways to maximise the impact of this work by facilitating community/provider dialogues, behaviour change activities, barrier analyses and advocacy.
Addressing food security and malnutrition
GOAL works with thousands of youth and conflict affected farmers in Northern Uganda to build their resilience, promote food production and security, and increase their earning potential. Through teaching key skills, GOAL tackles the issues of low-production, low market income and limited market access in the agriculture sector.
Beyond this, we plan to expand the scope of our work by addressing malnutrition and food insecurity through community capacity building. Our innovative research and implementation programme will be modelled on GOAL’s Nutrition Impact & Positive Practice (NIPP) approach, which is designed to tackle malnutrition by addressing the underlying behaviour determinants.
From food security to Sustainable Livelihoods
GOAL has experience across a range of livestock, horticultural and agricultural value chains. Using a systems-based approach, our work maximises market potential by promoting climate smart agriculture, post-harvest handling, storage, tillage, irrigation and Farming as a Business. We also promote business development skills and enhance access to financial services through local and private sector partners.
Our Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Micro-enterprise (DYNAMIC) programme ‘makes markets work for youth’ and is looking to reach 110,000 out of school young people. Overseeing a consortium (including Mercy Corps, Restless Development and VSO), this project focuses on education, financial inclusion and private sector engagement to train, mentor and link young people to market opportunities.
GOAL's COVID-19 response in Uganda
In Uganda, GOAL has been disseminating COVID-19 prevention awareness via radio as well as conducting good hygiene demonstrations at local level. These activities have reached over 100,000 people.
- Reached over 230.300 people in remote areas of Northern & Eastern Uganda in 2018.
- Facilitated the construction of 23,428 household latrines since 2011.
- Built more than 400 school and community boreholes since 2003.
- Trained over 430 water user committees on sustainable WASH operations and maintenance.
- Facilitated the training of 24,000 youth by DYNAMIC Peer Educators.
- Facilitated the access of 25,000 youth to markets and core skills.
- Linked 25,000 youth to informal financial services.