INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE MDA is an acronym for Mbarara Development Agency. The organization was started in 2000 as a local voluntary NGO to fight poverty, human rights violations, environmental degradation, HIV/AIDS TB, and malaria in a holistic and integrated approach to improve beneficiaries' standards of living. MDA conducts consultancy, capacity building training tailored to beneficiary needs policy and poverty related research. MDA implements and promotes participation of community-based projects in basic education; human rights awareness, water and sanitation; good governance and food security; tree planting and management; guidance, counseling and referrals on HIV/AIDS; awareness,... read more INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE MDA is an acronym for Mbarara Development Agency. The organization was started in 2000 as a local voluntary NGO to fight poverty, human rights violations, environmental degradation, HIV/AIDS TB, and malaria in a holistic and integrated approach to improve beneficiaries' standards of living. MDA conducts consultancy, capacity building training tailored to beneficiary needs policy and poverty related research. MDA implements and promotes participation of community-based projects in basic education; human rights awareness, water and sanitation; good governance and food security; tree planting and management; guidance, counseling and referrals on HIV/AIDS; awareness, prevention and understanding of malaria. MDA activities are demand-driven and integrated with beneficiaries as a main actor which reduces implementation costs and enhances sustainability. The organization mainstreams gender to foster social, economic and political changes for a holistic and more relevant transformation. MDA operates within a budget of 500 million shillings a year of which 70% is derived from valued in-kind contributions from beneficiaries and volunteers' input. MDA underpins networking with development partners locally, regionally and globally. MDA works in partnership with a wide range of national and international organizations including the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO), Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition (UCMC), Civic Education Coalition in Uganda (CECU), United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Forestry Working Group (FWG), Uganda Anti-Corruption Network (UGAN), Publish What You Pay-Uganda (PWYP-U), Malaria and Child illness Secretariat (MACIS) among others. MDA is recognized at district levels; it is registered by the Uganda National NGO Board and incorporated by the Ministry of Justice and the organization works closely with all stakeholders at all levels. PROBLEM ANALYSIS The conventional way of looking at livehood issues and concerns is normally based on assumptions, rigid science and self-centered academic notations rather than on flexible art, appropriate technology and beneficiaries' capacity and initiatives. Thus, the problem has at least five dimensions; The targeted beneficiary communities. The organizations administering and facilitating programmes The objectives and the essence of the services provided. The type of services provided. The operating environment. Given the magnitude and extent of the problem, MDA considers addressing poverty, Human Rights, Good governance, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and climate change related issues in isolation as devastating. Thus, MDA programme compliments and reinforces alternative systems for sustainability. MDA Capacity Building Support Programme (CBSP) to empower beneficiaries for improved livelihoods undertakes three areas of concentration that directly address Six Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ramsar Convention, Education for All (EFA) and the Hugo Framework. MDA covers maternal health and reduced child vulnerability through empowerment, advocacy and accessibility of knowledge and resources for building a better life among Nationals, Host Communities and others. MDGs addressed by MDA integrated capacity building approach include eradication of poverty (MDGI), basic education (MDG2) gender equity and women empowerment (MDG3), fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB (MDG6), environmental sustainability (MDG7) and partnerships for development (MDG8); and in the course of programme interventions. MDA Vision is sustainable improved standards of living in Uganda where people have a secure and fulfilled life. MDA Mission is promoting and enhancing capacity building training and support to empower beneficiaries in undertaking their own development initiatives to alleviate poverty. MDA Core Values are transparency, accountability, participation, quality work, sharing, good governance and equal opportunities. MDA developed and maintains a resource centre in Mbarara Municipality Regional Office for information access to development partners in the public, private and civil society sectors working on Human Rights, HIV /AIDS, malaria, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable management of wetlands, tree planting, research, consultancy, capacity building training, water and sanitation among other development initiatives. PROGRAMME AREAS (CBSP) Working in the field of research, consultancy and development management, MDA through a consultative process and in order to have impact and depth, identified three key programme areas that are critical in the fight against human rights violations, poverty, hunger, HIV /AIDS, malaria and environmental degradation for sustainable growth and development. Nature Conservation: MDA promotes and supports tree planting, collaborative forest management, and environmental sanitation, sustainable economic management of wetlands and wildlife and use of improved energy saving stoves. Sustainable Agriculture: Through use of demonstration farms, vegetable and cassava multiplication gardens, promoting livestock management, apiary and skills training for nutrition and food security to end hunger and increase household income. HIV/AIDS, Malaria: MDA provides a wide range of HIV /AIDS services that include health rights and community roles; awareness and counseling; PMTCT out-reaches and network referral services on testing and accessing ARVs for PHAs and PEP fur SGBV survivors. MDA also provides crop seeds for multiplication in gardens to OVC and PHA households. Fighting HIV/AIDS and poverty in isolation is tantamount to making a bad situation worse. Human Rights: MDA undertakes to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable poor people whose rights are trampled upon by the well to do members of communities and the politicians with their poor polices which do not favor such people yet the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides for minimum standards of living to every citizen. Accordingly, MDA provides awareness and counseling as an obstacle to development; Psychosocial, therapy and economic support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). MDA Provides tailor-made training programmes including Training of Trainers (TOT) Course modules. The organization conducts Social-Economic and Policy Research; and offers Consultancy services and free tree planting materials to beneficiaries based on need. MDA STRATEGY MDA undertakes to achieve its vision, mission and objectives through a concerted strategic approach. This is reflected in the vision and mission statements as well. Key over arching features of the strategy includes the following three components: Equity: MDA ensures integration of women, people with disabilities (PWDs) and the youths in the programme activities. PRD works with 1,806 women groups, 52 groups of PWDs and 132 youth groups all involved in a variety of activities. Partnering: MDA programme focus is designed and adapted to strengthen the capacities of beneficiary partners through networking for enhanced broad-based learning opportunities and resources utilization. MDA established a network of 40 civil society organizations drawn from 17 districts of Uganda where the organization works with the local communities in pro-poor programme interventions. Advocacy: MDA pays attention to bridging persistent gaps between policy and practice, policy making process and experience at community level, key issues and effective engagement, taking a demand-driven and evidence-based approach in a pro-poor and human rights perspective. MDA has 03 project offices in different districts with the Head Office in Mbarara Municipality, Mbarara District where the organization has a piece of land for expansion and construction of a 2 storied multi-purpose Economic and Social Research facility. MDA has a strong team of 36 self-motivated and dedicated volunteer field staff with the requisite professional capacity to effectively undertake implementation of the programme activities. MDA experts and specialists are reinforced by a gender sensitive trained team of 8 volunteer workers in every Sub-county and these teams in Sub-Counties are called Community Development Activators (CDAs); In refugee settlements these volunteer community workers are called Resident Village Activators (RVAs) and these communities volunteer serve as baseline referrals for MDA project support; And this gives MDA a pool of experts from whom to choose as need arises. INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES Promotion of practices that is beneficial to community development and improved health through fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Food Security, Human Rights, and Good governance and Identification and Rehabilitation of safe water sources. Establishing liaison with development partners in community development activities including government, UN system, (the private sector, donor community, research and academic institutions for broad); Collaboration and dialogue on developmental issues. Promote tree planting, land rehabilitation, wildlife and wetlands conservation Undertake core research, consultancy, documentation, poverty monitoring and evidence-based advocacy from a pro-poor and human rights perspective. Integrate and empower women, youths and PWDs in social economic activities for sustainable growth and development. Strengthen food and nutrition security through monitoring, social impact assessment and supporting targeted communities. Mainstreaming and integrating disaster risk reduction and management strategies into programme activities. MDA MANDATE Mainstreaming gender, environment and HIV/AIDS and malaria in the programme activities Providing training, support, research, consultancy and policy advocacy
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