This project will affect 95 self help groups of the urban poor in Kampala, providing space for peer learning, strengthen their competencies, enable joint planning and actions and critical advocacy support so that groups are more accountable to their members and communities. It will also empower 21 poor women who are members of a women's support group to start own micro businesses in groups of threes.
100s of selfhelp groups of varying sizes and capacities have been set up by Kampala's urban poor. While these are working diligently to fill gaps left by government in service delivery, the groups have limited capacities, work in isolation, duplicate efforts, lack visibility and limited access to resources. This project will affect 95 groups to strengthen their competencies, encourage peer learning and joint planning and actions so that groups can be more accountable to members and communities
New Idea for Citizenship provides community groups with space for information sharing, peer learning and skills for identifying common problems and designing workable solutions and to jointly work. Group leaders will be provided basic training in issues relevant to group management and advocacy in a unified voice. A computer connected to internet will be provided for groups to access. 21 poor women in groups of 3 members each will be enabled to start up micro business.
This project will allow 95 groups to adopt good practices, have more awareness on the rights of their their members and communities, improve management skills and be able to work with the loacl government and other stakeholders and influence the quality of life for poor urban residents in Makindye. The programs will also be a forum for social interactions and learning about cross cutting issues such as HIV prevention, child care and domestic violence.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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