Building Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

TEAM

Meet the people behind the work.

Founder, Board Member and Executive Director

Monica LaBiche Brown, MSM

Monica founded Africa Development Promise is June 2013 and launched the organization in May 2014.

Monica is from Seychelles, an African island nation in the Indian Ocean but spent her formative years in Kampala, Uganda. Living in both countries, she experienced first-hand the challenges that developing countries face, especially in rural areas. Wanting to make a difference, Monica focused her efforts on gaining experience in development practice. Her development career includes twelve years at the World Bank and eight years at Water For People.

Monica holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College, and a Graduate Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Association of Negro Women where she received the 2016 Living Portraits Award.

Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Amanda Kawaisolya Mucyo

Amanda serves as the Social Media and Communications Coordinator. She comes with 5 years of Media Communications work experience. Before joining ADP, Amanda worked for Danube Home Furnishing Company as a Communications Officer where she managed social media platforms and implementing comprehensive social media strategies that increased web traffic and brand awareness.

Amanda is a  graduate with an honor’s degree in Bachelor’s of Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University. 

Grant Writer Intern

Emanuel Mouganis

Emanuel is an economics and philosophy student at Gordon College hoping to bridge the gap between the why and how we enact change in the world. He draws incredible inspiration from those who have dedicated their lives to lifting up others and giving them the tools to make life their own. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of such people, he believes that the education and empowerment of women is one of the most important steps we can take to achieve worldwide human flourishing. Joining Africa Development Promise as a grant writing intern, Emanuel is excited to work with ADP towards women’s economic empowerment and learn more about sustainable development over the summer of 2020.

UGANDA

Country Director – Uganda Program

Joseph Kayongo

Joseph is an agribusiness technical professional. He comes to ADP with over 13 years of professional working experience from both the private sector and civil society supporting smallholder farmers in agriculture value chain development to enhance household income. He has worked with various multinational organizations and commercial banks holding different positions that include: Senior Business Advisor – Heifer International Uganda, Freelance Consultant with DEMIS Consult Limited Kampala, Business Advisor, Agriterra Uganda, Agribusiness Advisor, VSO Tanzania, Agricultural Loans Officer, Centenary Bank, Credit Officer, Finance Trust Bank, Agricultural Credit Supervisor-FINCA, Lead Business Advisor, TechnoServe Inc., Uganda.

Joseph has currently enrolled in the Master of Development Practice, a virtual-visual conferencing program through Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Management from Makerere University, Kampala, and a Certificate in Coffee Quality Control from Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

Vocational Program Coordinator

Brenda Kemigisha

Brenda serves as the vocational program coordinator where she oversees the computer literacy, sewing workshops, and business training programs to cooperative and community members. She comes to ADP with 5 years of teaching and administrative experience which includes orientation and training, planning, design, implementation and classroom management in different educational institutions. 

More to her professional experience includes monitoring and evaluating the teaching and learning process, organizing and coordinating different sports, drama and staff training activities, developing and implementing programs that will aid in the teaching and learning process.

Community Facilitator

Dieudonne Okeny Niyo

Dieudonne brings to Africa Development Promise 2 year work of experience in cooperative leadership along with strong experience in sales and marketing for business companies. He served as a chairperson of a community based youth group called Kyankyima in Gayaza. Dieudonne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio Chemistry from Makerere University Uganda. Joining ADP as a community facilitator, Dieudonne is excited to work with women in rural communities to bring positive change to their families.

RWANDA

Country Manager, Rwanda Program

Janviere Niyigena

Janviere is an agribusiness professional with over 6 years of rural and community development experience.  Prior to joining Africa Development Promise, Janviere worked as the District Environment Facilitator with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) where she managed environmental and sustainable development initiatives such as proper waste management, protecting rivers and dams, and training farmers on the use organic and inorganic fertilizers.

 Janviere is currently working on her Master of Development Practice degree, a virtual-visual conferencing program through Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Rural Development and Agri-business from the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Agriculture Cooperative Officer, Rwanda Program

Eric Hagenimana

Eric comes to Africa Development Promise with over 7 years of work experience, having worked with different projects and NGOs aimed at improving farmers’ livelihood. His experience includes serving as District Coordinator at Sustainable Growers Rwanda a local NGO supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Training Facilitator at World vision Rwanda, Project Field Officer at  Integrated Project for Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Green village Promotion Project (IPERGP)  funded by National Fund for Climate Change, and District Forest Extension Officer at Participatory Forest Management project funded by Government of Netherlands.

Eric is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration degree specializing in the coffee value chain and women cooperative performance from Mount Kenya University- Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Sciences from the University of Rwanda – College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM).