Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index: Household and Individual Surveys

WEAI ISU-UR (2)

The survey was intended to learn about agriculture, food security and the well being of households in this area. The survey included questions on topics such as your family background, dwelling characteristics, asset ownership and income earning activities. The survey included both a section to be asked about the household generally and section asked to a primary adult male and female in the household. The project aimed at five domains of empowerment: production, resources, income, leadership and time.

WEAI ISU-UR (1)

Monitoring the impact of peace recovery and development plan on peace and conflict in Northern Uganda 2014

The project report presents results from the third round of the peace and conflict indicators (PCIs) survey,which was conducted by International Alert to create a time series data set for use in
monitoring the impact of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) on peace and conflict in northern Uganda. The study used both quantitative and qualitative approaches. It covered a total of 21 districts in 9 regions: Acholi (Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo); Bukedi (Tororo); Bunyoro (Kiryandongo); the Control districts (Masaka, Mbarara and Kasese); Elgon (Mbale); Karamoja (Abim, Kotido and Moroto); Lango (Lira and Otuke); Teso (Amuria and Soroti); and West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Yumbe and Zombo). The data collection methods used included a perception survey, consensus  panels and key informant interviews (KIIs). The total number of respondents enlisted for this study was 3,972 persons (2,080 women and 1,892 men).

Pilot Survey of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI 2.0) and (WEAI 1.1) for the Feed the Future Initiative through IFPRI

This project was a pilot, aimed at testing various data collection tools and questions for purposes of adjusting the WEAI into a more coherent tool for use by USAID. We first undertook this assignment in 2011 and then the index was modified in 2014 and again we piloted it. Data collection included recruitment and training of enumeration teams, supervision of the teams, including logistics transportation, printing/ copy services and managing the data entry function o  n a template brought in by IFPRI. The methodology of this assignment had especially the pre-test had cognitive testing techniques that needed special capacity building functions and in the data collection process 2 different versions of questions were used concurrently.

The role of Private Public Partnerships in Agriculture

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) partnered with us to identify key factors in driving the effectiveness of Private Public Partnerships in bringing sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers at scale and delivering positive development outcomes across rural communities. The project was intended to deliver: an understanding, grounded in evidence, of when and how Private Public Partnership (PPP) bring about positive development outcomes sustainably and at scale; a systematic and empirical approach to the analysis of PPP design and implementation in the agricultural sector; and an understanding of the role of brokers in the design and implementation of PPPs in agriculture that is inclusive of smallholders and delivers development benefits sustainably and at scale.

Monitoring the impact of peace recovery and development plan on peace and conflict in Acholi and Lango

This project was aimed at strengthening the potential of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) and the recovery process to address the causes of the civil conflict and contribute to sustainable peace and stability in northern Uganda.
The monitoring report was to assess the extent to which interventions under the PRDP, particularly those funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), succeeded or failed in achieving peace building aims in Acholi and Lango in 2011 and 2012. This study presented comparative findings from 2011 baseline and 2012 re-run surveys in Acholi and Lango sub-regions. It constituted the first round of monitoring in a time series – tracing the peace and conflict impacts of the PRDP over a period of years. Due to their position at the epicentre of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency, Acholi and Lango sub-regions have been primary targets for government and development partner interventions in northern Uganda’s recovery process. Classified as directly affected under the PRDP framework, these regions have acute peacebuilding, recovery and development needs. Wide-ranging challenges identified by the ACCS included: lack of economic opportunities; limited local capacity for engaging in productive activities; social and familial instability; perceptions of neglect and marginalisation; and limited access to basic social services.

 

Monitoring the impact of peace recovery and development plan on peace and conflict in Northern Uganda 2013

The government of Uganda started the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) in 2007 as a framework through which development support would be channelled to northern Uganda. In December 2009 the British government approved support for the PRDP through the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Post-Conflict Development Programme (PCDP) in northern Uganda. At the same time, the DFID also established a partnership with International Alert, the Refugee Law Project and Saferworld to support the formation of the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS). The overall aim was to assist the DFID and its partners to strengthen the potential of the PRDP and the recovery process to address the causes of conflict and contribute to sustainable peace and stability. In fulfilment of its mandate, Alert developed peace and conflict indicators (PCIs) to measure the peace dividends accruing to the implementation of the PRDP and the PCDP. A research was thereafter commissioned to monitor the extent to which interventions under the PRDP, particularly those funded by the DFID, succeed or fail in achieving peacebuilding aims in northern Uganda. This study used both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The study covered a total of 21 districts: in Acholi (Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo); Bukedi (Tororo); Bunyoro (Kiryandongo); Elgon (Mbale); Karamoja (Abim, Kotido and Moroto); Lango (Lira and Otuke); Teso (Amuri and Soroti); West Nile (Adjumani, Arua, Yumbe and Zombo); and the Control districts (Masaka, Mbarara and Kasese).

Youth Perceptions on Economic Opportunity in Uganda 2013

Generating employment to undo the generational challenges imposed on youth by over two decades of conflict was recognized as a priority by the government, the private sector and development partners alike. However, this was particularly challenging in a context where the level of both formal and informal education remains low. This project report is based on a survey of 1,136 youths who fell under four main categories: IDP returnees, former abductees, ex-combatants and youths who were not displaced.

Business Development Support Plan (BDSP): Evaluation report

SOCADIDO designed the Business Development Support Plan (BDSP) to provide business-oriented support to farming households. This was built on the assumption that rural households are capable of carrying out farming as a business. The plan was implemented between 2009 to 2011 with a focus on Dairy and Apiary farming. In the period, SOCADIDO reached out to farmers through groups and 160 farmers groups were involved (120 dairy groups and 40 Apiary groups, 4,800 farming households) in Soroti, Kumi and Ngora districts. At the conclusion of the project cycle, an end-line evaluation was commissioned with the objectives: to assess the efficiency and technical effectiveness of programme interventions; to assess the relevance of the Programme in meeting community needs; to assess the sustainability of results in terms of knowledge and adoption rate of promoted technologies against the outcomes; to assess community participation in terms of SOCADIDO having met the needs of the farmer groups in the target population; to establish a SWOT analysis of the BDSP approach including lessons learnt to formulate recommendations for the BDSP programme future strategies. The evaluation covered a total of 338 beneficiary farmers (60.4%, female) in rapid appraisal survey, 205 were supported under the dairy component, 61 under apiary while 72 had benefited from both apiary and dairy.On the other hand, the FGDs involved a total of 47 beneficiaries, of whom 31 were female. There were 9 key informants including 6 project staff working on BDSP at SOCADIDO and 3 farmers’ group leaders drawn from the beneficiary farmers groups the field team interacted with.

 

 

Women’s property rights, HIV and AIDS, and domestic violence

To better understand the role played by tenure security in protecting against, and mitigating the effects of, HIV and violence, the International Centre for Research on Women, HSRC, and AfD conducted research over a two year period, beginning in 2005, that explored these linkages in Amajuba district, South Africa and Iganga district, Uganda. At the time of the survey, the rates of HIV infection among the adult population in South Africa and Uganda were 20 per cent and 6 percent, respectively. Qualitative research methods were applied across the two site countries to examine women’s experiences with land and property ownership, HIV and AIDS, and domestic violence. In-depth interviews were conducted with 60 women in each site. Overall, this study found that property ownership, while not easily linked to women’s ability to prevent HIV infection, can nonetheless mitigate the impact of AIDS, and can also enhance a woman’s ability to leave a violent situation.