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Building the Next Generation of Resilient Ugandans


  • Poor and vulnerable Ugandans are one shock away from destitution.
  • Strengthen governance to improve livelihoods, nutrition, education, and resilience.
  • Individuals, households, and communities have improved ability to address shocks.
The Challenge

Many Ugandans are poor or vulnerable, living one failed harvest or one serious illness away from abject poverty or death. Most of the poor and vulnerable have little or no formal education, live in rural areas, and depend on rain-fed, small-scale farming. Social stereotypes and lack of public participation keep poor people from participating in government decision-making processes, accessing the tools and skills they need to strengthen their livelihoods, and become more resilient.

The Approach

The USAID/Uganda-funded, Abt-led ICAN activity recognizes communities have power to build resilience and lift themselves out of poverty with the right information, skills, and environment. We work with local government, cultural structures, and community groups to ensure that more children enroll and stay in school and that families are healthy, feed on nutritious and diverse food, and earn a decent and environmentally-harmonious living from agriculture and other enterprises. Only then are they able to survive in the face of shocks.

The Results

In its first 18 months, USAID ICAN built the resilience of more than 55,000 people. We linked more than 1,400 community groups to markets, equipped more than 1,000 out-of-school girls with livelihood skills, and worked with 750 cultural leaders. We improved school enrollment, nutrition, livelihoods, resource management, and hygiene. Homesteads in Karamoja have put up better handwashing facilities. Former rebel abductees in northern Uganda confronted stigma through commercial farming. And village committees in southwestern Uganda restored the beauty and integrity of unprotected hills depleted by decades of erosion and over-cultivation.

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