Namayumba Epicenter Completed and Inaugurated by THP-Uganda in 2012!
Update to the Global Board
Over the reporting period, THP-Uganda carried out the exciting inaugurations of an epicenter and a rural bank. These inaugurations were well-mobilized events, re-energizing communities and engaging local authorities and government officials in the development process. During the same period, THP-Uganda also hosted investors and THP staff members, who visited several epicenters and renewed their commitments. Lastly, in a push toward achieving long-term self-reliance, THP-Uganda continued work on a proposal to the government in which a government-supported scale-up of epicenters would be piloted as a component of the Government of Uganda’s National Development Plan.
- Community Mobilization: In Quarter 2, THP-Uganda inaugurated its newest epicenter, which was built with funding from the Government of Uganda in fulfillment of a pledge. The ceremony, which saw over 1,000 people in attendance ― including THP’s CEO Mary Ellen McNish and Vice President Idrissa Dicko, investors and local authorities ― was an achievement in the blossoming partnership between THP and the government. THP-Uganda also inaugurated a new rural bank at Kiruhura Epicenter, an important step on the path to self-reliance. The event was attended by the Member of Parliament representing Kiruhura District.
- Partnerships, Advocacy & Alliances: Following up on the consistent interest shown by members of the government, THP-Uganda has begun working with a consultant to draft a proposal to the Office of the President for even closer alignment between THP’s activities and the country’s National Development Plan. THP has received critical feedback from various government representatives that will help guide this proposal through the many phases that lie ahead and feels fully equipped to maximize the potential of this proposal. THP-Uganda has also secured several critical partnerships that will support epicenter self-reliance and increase resources available to partners. Among these is a water-hub prospective partnership with Siemens Stiftung, an opportunity that arose with the guidance of THP-Germany. Furthermore, THP-Uganda worked with THP-Netherlands to join a Dutch network of NGOs working on farmers’ entrepreneurship called Agri Pro Focus. THP-Uganda quickly assumed the head of the microfinance working group and began attending events, such as the Finance Market Fair to link clients to financial institutions.