INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Uganda


A woman at a community garden in Nasinyon village in the Karamoja region. The garden is funded and run with CWS assistance and is part of the TOGETHER project. Photo: Chris Herlinger/CWS

In 2011, CWS and three partner agencies embarked on a collaborative initiative designed to strengthen the resiliency of Karamojong households and communities. Called the TOGETHER initiative, this program seeks to address challenges to development in the region. Limited access to land, water and essential services exacerbates armed conflict and increases poverty and vulnerability to drought and other natural disasters.

In response to these development challenges, in 2011 CWS embarked on the TOGETHER initiative, a collaboration with three other organizations designed to strengthen the resiliency of Karamojong households and communities. Using an integrated approach, TOGETHER has linked asset-building and community training to address access to education, health services, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods opportunities.

As part of this consortium, CWS has focused on improving rural livelihoods, including through the formation and training of 67 village savings-and-loan associations (VSLAs). By 2016, new income-generating activities were underway using working capital raised through VSLAs, with a portion of new income now being reinvested in improved household food security.