Hands up

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Labour, Gender, and Social Development*, and more specifically, the Department of Community Development and Literacy. Raising The Village has been formally appointed as the national advisors to the Government of Uganda, to help develop Uganda’s national strategy on community development based on RTV’s methodology. The Ugandan government has been an active participant in our programming for many years and we are humbled to be able to serve in this capacity.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, his Commissioner of Community Development and Literacy Everest Tumensigye, and the Kisoro District’s Chief Administrator Wilson Tibugyenda, along with Raising The Village Deputy Programs Manager Clement Mugisha, and RTV Founder Shawn Cheung.

Under the terms of the partnership, RTV will work alongside the MGLSD to engage the District of Kisoro in an initial joint-pilot. RTV’s Cluster Village Approach will be implemented concurrently with the existing Government ICOLEW** program to address scarcity barriers of water, health, economic empowerment, food security and nutrition within a selected number of villages. The MGLSD has agreed to appoint and pay for a CDO (Community Development Officer) to work under RTV management during this implementation, while RTV will provide overall direction and project funding. Based on the outcomes of this pilot, over the course of seventeen months, a national strategy for implementation will be developed adopting best practices to form a national implementation strategy for an expected January 2018 roll-out.

As a result, work has been moving full speed ahead – breaking ground on the first series of pilots, developing a collaborative methodology, and writing policies for legislation. We look forward to rapidly transforming rural communities throughout the country in a lasting manner. The catalyst for this has been the development of the RTV Cluster Model – an innovative method of scaling the RTV approach. Our clusters engage geographically connected villages reducing our costs and time to transform a greater number of lives. In the last 6 months alone, we’ve gone from serving 3-4 villages a year, to 27 this year. We’ve developed world class investment efficiency while maintaining our aim to transform communities living in extreme poverty earning as little as 10 cents a day to 1.50, usually within 24 months. Things are looking up, and we’re doing everything we can to keep up!

*The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) is the lead agency in the Social Development Sector (SDS) for the Government of Uganda. The SDS contributes to sustainable reduction of poverty and income inequality by promoting community action for wealth creation and catalyzing the vulnerable and marginalized groups to participate in and ensure inclusive development.

**ICOLEW – Integrated Curriculum for Literacy and Enhanced Wealth Creation is the GoU strategy to improve livelihoods and economic empowerment across Uganda. The initiative which focused on Village Savings and Loans and Literacy has been one year in design, and is in the midst of pilot roll-out. Following our development theory discussions with the GoU, they were keen to integrate RTV’s methodology to support the ICOLEW model.