To build a dynamically strong research, advocacy and community development organization that enables policy makers, academia, CSOs, private sector and rural communities to respond to development needs for a peaceful, equitable and economically sustainable development”.
A leading research, advocacy and community development organization in Uganda.
Love for humanity: We believe in the superiority of human life over anything else and so, human beings come first. So, we defend humans and their dignity. Poverty robs people of living in dignity and so, we wage war on poverty of all forms.
Service above self: We exist to serve others. We undertake actions which primarily are about others as opposed to our own self-preservation. It is worth doing if someone is being helped out.
Tolerance: We embrace the diversity in our environment and know firsthand that there will always be different viewpoints and therefore, we train ourselves to listen and be lifetime students.
Empathy: We trade places so we can understand the impact of our actions on other people. We place ourselves in the lives of the poor and marginalized and feel their pain and desire the more to do something to bring their suffering to an end.
Respect for self and others: We accept all people for who they are, even when they’re different from us or we don’t agree with them.
The KRC-Uganda development ideology embodies KRC’s holistic approach to community development. It stresses the thematic integration of food security and agribusiness, climate resilience, human rights, good governance supported by Action Oriented Reflective Research (ARR) and Evidence Based Information (EBI) in an evolving process of improvement. Out of this, comes practical knowledge and motivation leading to increased household incomes, civic competence and improved livelihoods.
The ideology is built on the belief that improvement in the household livelihood which is the ultimate focus of this strategy is derived from the consolidated socio-economic interventions that focus on access to knowledge, favorable financial services, markets, increased productivity, food security, freedom of choice, civic competence and private sector development.
The ideology also builds on the following assumption that:
- when small holder farmers with the right attitude in the region are given practical knowledge and skills in sustainable agricultural production, agro business, climate change adaptation and are facilitated to access favourable savings & credit services and market opportunities they will then increase their productivity, food security, capital, business confidence and have reliable and favourable markets for their produce and this will ultimately increase household.
- when economically empowered small holder farmers are facilitated with knowledge about their human rights including electoral rights, informed about critical leadership and governance issues in their constituencies and informed about their domestic accountability roles; they will then actively participate in LG planning and advocate for the attainment of their human and economic rights, effectively engage leaders on developmental issues at group, community, district and national levels for improved accountability and transparency, . This will ultimately result in greater civic competence, improved service delivery and holistic enjoyment of human rights.
- When communities are involved in action-research they will then have a deeper reflection and understanding of their operating environment which will ultimately help them make informed social-economic choices about different business enterprises to undertake, micro finance services, markets, leadership and governance.