Who We Are
RACE is a non-profit, voluntary organisation committed to providing a platform for the inspiration and empowerment of Regional communities in Uganda and beyond through promoting opportunities to support, connect, grow and attain transformational development through lobbying, mentoring, networking and strategic alliances.The Organisation aims to be a united, non-racial and non - sexist development agency that helps regional communities to create connections on multiple dimensions - personal, professional and capacity building - through proper community situation analysis. It also creates opportunities for small scale business owners to grow their businesses.
As a national organisation with regional branches, it also provides local and national forums where members can exchange ideas, be informed about topical issues and attain a sustainable regional development.
We believe that communities rise and fall based on leadership, poverty and other obstacles that hinder growth. That's why we've made the choice to invest in community individuals, groups that are actively bettering their communities.
Our holistic approach
RACE uses a holistic approach called integral human development to help people reach their full potential. This long-term, dynamic process facilitates collaboration across civil society and the public and private sectors. It is based on the idea that human development cannot be separated into component parts and that personal well-being can only be achieved in the context of just and peaceful relationships. To promote such transformative and sustainable change, we engage people at every level-individual, family, community, regional, national and international.Through partnerships with local government and civil society entities - including both faith-based and secular organizations, we are able to strengthen the capacity of the organizations in the countries where we work and show that strong institutions with capable staff can design, implement, evaluate, and sustain effective development interventions.
RACE 's approach to strengthening the capacity of our local partners has four main components:
- Build upon the existing capacity of individuals and Communities, enhancing or developing new knowledge, skills and attitudes to improve performance and to fight domestic violence against children and women.
- Enhance or develop the systems and structures that institutions need to function effectively, adopt sound business process, work toward sustainability and achieve their goals
- Accompany the people and partner organizations that we serve by providing coaching, mentoring and other methods of continuous learning; following capacity building and institutional strengthening interventions such as workshops, organization design or on-the-job training
- Safe water and sanitation approach, especially offering hygiene and Water Education.
Why we work there
Uganda is one of the
world's poorest countries. The GDP (Gross Domestic Product - the value of
goods produced per person) is one of the lowest in the world at just £1400 per
person, per annum. Uganda is 202 out of 230 countries. By comparison
number one is Qatar at £100,000 per person, per annum.
Uganda is a very poor country with nearly 20% of its population living below the poverty line. Expenditure on health and development is extremely low and currently there is only 1 doctor per 8000 of the population compared to 22 in the UK or any other Country. Uganda faces many challenges. with an unreliable power supply, high energy costs and inadequate transportation infrastructure, unsafe water.
Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over two-thirds of the work force. This is a key reason RACE is so strong in Uganda for the need is very great.
One of the biggest challenges facing Uganda as it strives to build a sustianable economy is the huge age imbalance in its population.
15-24 years: 21.16%
25-54 years: 25.91%
55-64 years: 2.43%
65+ years: 2.04%
Infant mortality is very high at:
59.21/per 1000 of the population