PROJECT – ENHANCING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN THE HORTICULTURE SECTOR IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
With the support from Hivos (East Africa Regional Office), Ufadhili Trust is implementing a project aimed at enhancing sustainability of the horticulture sector in East & Southern Africa. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of workers in the horticulture sector through gender inclusive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The project is part of the ‘Women@Work Campaign’, under the “Decent Work for Women” Programme which is being implemented in eight countries namely; Kenya,Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
PRIVATE SECTOR AND CHILD RIGHTS PROJECT
This Project aimed at working with the private sector in East Africa to address Children Rights with emphasize on the impact of parent migration on children. The project was supported by Save the Children.
LAKE VICTORIA RIGHTS PROJECT
Lake Victoria Rights Project aimed at strengthening the economic wellbeing of the community groups living around the Lake Victoria region. The project was being implemented in five sites around the Lake; Mfangano Island, Osiri and Sio Port in Kenya, Ukerewe Island in Tanzania and Ssese Island in Uganda. This was through the development of alternative and environmentally sustainable income generating activities, including;
- Strengthening savings and loaning techniques
- Increasing access to capital
- Business skills development
- Improving product design and quality for crafts
- Inculcating an entrepreneurial culture and attitudes
- Improving on-going income generating activities related to the fish sector
- Supporting new income generating activities and emerging economic empowerment ideas
- Linkage to feasible markets
- Increase bargaining power of fisher communities among others
Supported by the Diakonia Sweden through its Lake Victoria Rights Programme (LVRP), the project was being implemented in partnership with four organizations namely;
• Anglican Church Development Services (ADS Kenya)
• Church of Uganda
• Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania
• Baraza Kuu La Waislamu Tanzania (BAKWATA) National Council for Muslims/ ELCT.
COFFEE LIVELIHOOD PROJECT
Ufadhili’s coffee project was initiated to address the historical and economic social injustice faced by small scale coffee farmers along the value chain by encouraging socially responsible practices by all stakeholders within the sector. The aim of the project is ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector through responsible value chain management.
Prior to the commencement of the project, Ufadhili Trust carried out a research dubbed, “Evaluating Coffee Value Chains: Case Studies of Selected Coffee Value Chain Initiatives in East Africa” in 2007 with a view to identifying and exposing critical to gaps that exist in the coffee industry.
These gaps were;
Representation: Most farmers were unrepresented at national and regional levels. The farmers were marginalised at the market and policy making processes. Ufadhili set out to strengthen the influence of the farmers through national and regional Associations.
Linkages gap: The farmers lacked the opportunity to building strategic partnerships with other stakeholders including businesses, business associations, development agencies, government and educational institutions. Ufadhili Trust set out to link the smallholder farmers with these strategic partners which are critical in provision of market and other information related to the coffee business.
Capacity gaps: The study noted that most of the smallholder farmers and associations lacked the capacity to undertake their activities/businesses effectively. Ufadhili set out to support the farmers and associations in business development support to entrench a culture of entrepreneurship, provision of information to deal with the information asymmetry that often entrenches exploitation, peer learning opportunities among other kinds of support.
The project was supported by Diakonia Sweden.
‘Ajibika’ is derived from the Kiswahili word ‘Wajibika’ which means, to be responsible or taking responsibility for one’s actions. This campaign was preceded by the Citizens Assembly Initiative which is an open and inclusive movement of citizens and organizations committed to the realization of a good constitutional dispensation, social justice and good governance in Kenya through sensitization, mobilization, and engagement of citizens in matters affecting their democratic rights.
The project was initiated with the support from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
PROJECT ON ORGANIZATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR CIVIL SOCIETY & NGOS
Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Amkeni Wakenya facility; the project aimed at developing the skills and managerial capacity of civil society/non-governmental organizations in Kenya to enhance their organizational sustainability with a bias towards enhanced financial sustainability.