This voluntary initiative is a national platform for integrated learning for the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Organization name

Uganda Rural Literacy and Community Development Association

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10,000 - 50,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Districts of Arua, Kamuli, Masindi, Maracha and Yumbe in Uganda


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

This initiative is operating in a multi-ethnic nation whose population is susceptible to violent conflicts that hinders development. Ugandan communities are divided along ethnic lines and the increasing population coupled with dwindling resource base, low literacy and poverty have tended to encourage a culture of violence them. An integrated and intergenerational approach to learning is key for a peaceful co-existence and attainment of sustainable development .

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

This volunteer-led initiative uses a collaborative, participatory and integrated approaches to learning and education to enhance access to information and creation of knowledge for peaceful co-existence among the different ethnic groups that are susceptible violent conflicts. It offers a platform for free interaction between persons of diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds to enhance learning that transcends boundaries of formal classrooms, cultures, languages and generations using community libraries and organizing national intergenerational, cross-cultural and multilingual literacy learners’ conferences in Uganda in a non-formal setting. The initiative helps the young and educated generation gain practical experience in managing community literacy events which in turn empowers the unschooled communities hence leading to rural transformation which can only occur when people live in harmony and are empowered with knowledge and skills for survival in the 21st Century.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Since the pilot initiative we launched in 2008, more than 10,000 people have directly benefited from the the initiative which is intergenerational, cross cultural and multilingual in nature and which have successfully been organized in 2009 and 2014 in Arua District, in 2010 in Kamuli district, in 2011 in Masindi district and 2017 in Zombo district. Another 40,000 people have indirectly benefited from other activities such capacity building training and health camps for the hosting communities in addition to market the event usually to the hosts. Students from tertiary institutions gain in terms of skills and experience which the labour market now expects of them when they get out of classrooms. The initiative has also helped the volunteers build partnerships with the Media houses like Local FM Radio stations through information sharing and the Private Sector organizations who are brought on board to support the organization of the annual voluntary events.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Our initiative has now become an annual event organized on rotational basis so that different regions in Uganda get the opportunity to host it. The volunteers usually approach the various district local governments for financial support and complement that with contributions from the Private Sector organizations using Public-Private Partnerships model. The volunteers also throw their weight behind the event through individual contributions and engaging in some income generating activities (IGAs) whose proceeds are used to sustain the activities. The annual budget is broken down into percentages as follows: individual donations or gifts – 20%, grants 60%, corporate contributions – 10%, earned income – 5% and others - 5%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The uniqueness of our initiative is its integrated and voluntary nature and members’ commitment to volunteer their time and other resource to support knowledge acquisition by the poor irrespective of their geographical location. We also partner with different Agencies to pool resources for the service of the hard to reach communities through knowledge and skills acquisition. The initiative focuses on vulnerable and voiceless persons discuss solution their problems thereby contributing to SDG 4.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

In 1999, I was a students’ leader in my village who used to focus on organizing parties during Christmas holidays. Then I started something was wrong with the young generation as they all aimed at leaving the rural areas for urban places after their studies. This was worse with University students they never returned to the villages after completing their studies and their contribution to the transformation of the poor rural communities was missed. During my university days, I decided to mobilize a team of volunteers to go back to the villages and use the knowledge we had received to support the poor communities. In 2003 I then formed a community based organization to build literacy skills of the rural poor and registered it as a local NGO in 2004. It was this organization that I have been using the organize the conferences and integrated learning for promotion of peaceful co-existence.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact


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