What we do:
Cooperative business models have proven effective because ownership and responsibilities are shared amongst members, reducing the burden of individual risk and increasing the potential for economic growth. Africa Development Promise works mostly with women’s cooperatives because we believe in the unique value of the model for women’s empowerment, and when we support cooperatives that have members of both sex we promote women’s management and leadership. We deliver programs that strengthen cooperative governance and management, builds technical skills, provides farm inputs and infrastructure support and builds local and regional networks.
GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING
We believe that training is the foundation of effective cooperative governance. Members are best served when cooperative leaders understand the principles of running a cooperative; their roles and responsibilities and those of members; the importance of operational and financial management; and strategic planning to name a few. We offer training in all aspects of running a cooperative because it is the only way to ensure long-term sustainability, additionally it acts as a bridge for civic engagement.
To provide a competitive advantage, Africa Development Promise offers women farmers specialized, hands-on technical training that addresses subjects such as soil fertility, water resource management, climate adaptation, weed and pest management, as well as harvest and post-harvest best practices. For those women who are interested in micro-businesses we offer vocational and business training.
Africa Development Promise identifies locally appropriate modern smart farming tools from greenhouses, machinery and irrigation systems to improved seed and fertilizer—all to help cooperatives increase production efficiency. This leads to Increased profit margins from product sales and cuts down on labor intensive activities that would normally be performed manually.
We work alongside cooperatives, in partnership with government agencies, businesses, and other NGOs to build their networks allowing them to share market information; demand and distribution channels; storage facilities; and link them to financial institutions. As these partnerships grow, they begin to operate interdependently creating a sustainable environment where all parties can thrive.
GIRLS WITH DREAMS
Understanding that approximately 35% of girls in Uganda drop out of school because of early marriage ADP is piloting Girls with Dreams to help keep girls in school and help them navigate the social and cultural pressures that prevent them from achieving their own dreams. The program is being piloted in partnership with schools and community organizations in Gayaza Town in Wakiso District of Uganda. The program focuses on developing girls, so they value themselves, understand their strengths, builds their leadership skills and helps them understand the career opportunities available to them.
Our vocational training program includes a women’s tailoring program and computer literacy classes. The computer lab serves as an ICT Lab for local schools and in the evenings as a center to train community members who have little or no computer experience and need hands-on training. The purpose of the vocational program is to build a strong foundation for meaningful, sustainable employment beyond agriculture. Participants in the program not only gain valuable new skills, they also receive training on entrepreneurship and self-employment options.