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It fills me with great pleasure to share with you Uganda Development Trust’s (UDET) Annual report for the year 2011. It will serve to highlight UDET’s achievements and challenges during the year 2011 as well as pointing out the key planned activities for the year 2012.
The year 2011 has been a major turning point for UDET, allowing the organization to grow firm roots and thus establishing itself as a recognized entity, determined to foster economic development in Uganda for the benefit of disadvantaged and disfranchised sections of the population by enabling them to take control of their development and economic destiny through access to financial resources and technical assistance support, the two usually being out of their reach.
During FY 2011, UDET continued cultivating health relationships with its strategic partners, without whose unfailing support, it would have been an impossible and uphill task for UDET to get to grow to its current status.
UDET staff has gone a long way in improving performance and meeting deadlines. Special mention and recognition go to Dr. Abel Katahoire, UDET’s Board chairman and all the other board members who have continued to be a great inspiration for UDET management staff to carry on with the day-to-day struggle, always striving to build the premier organization, capable of championing the needs and aspirations of the poor in Uganda.
Hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers are responsible for feeding Africa. Yet they do so without access to high quality seed, fertilizer, and vital financing. They do so without access to reliable water supplies, markets access or agricultural extension services. They do so working soils that are depleted of nutrients and organic matter. And they do so within global trade regimes that work against African farmers and narrow their market opportunities.
Therefore, UDET must work to ensure that Uganda’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, are able to access the inputs, financing and market opportunities needed to boost yields per unit area production so that in the months and years to come, they ensure national food security and increased family incomes at the household level.
At the same time, UDET must develop innovative programs and work with the GOU on policy reforms that will not only ensure agricultural advancement, but will also lay the basis for agricultural and business development and prosperity for Uganda. Unless we do these things – and do them soon – we face a serious worsening of the agricultural sector in Uganda.
Hinging our aspirations to the national development strategy in Uganda, one is left with an assurance that UDET’s programs will go a long way to contribute to the attainment of sustainable development using sustainable development models that enable people and communities to exercise their economic rights and live a dignified life. With cross reference to the millennium development goals and UDET’s Mission and Vision, one is made to believe that UDET has a clear agenda on where it wants to be in the next six years. Whether UDET is on course and whether our target clientele is being reached and served in this agenda is the serious question we all have to ask ourselves! As we reflect on this very important question, we also ought to look at the contribution we as UDET are making towards the achievement of our set goals and objectives. UDET as a development organization has a critical role to play in meeting and making these goals become a reality.
In that very spirit UDET is committed to making a significant contribution to development, using participatory development methodologies and provision of technical assistance services.
This involves working with rural communities and our other stakeholders to ensure that they get the expected desired results. Various projects and programs have been designed, funded and implemented in 2011 and more will be funded in the next years to come. UDET will therefore continue to strengthen its interventions for the benefit of its primary target clientele.
Working with our target clientele, UDET continues striving to build and support a critical mass of viable SMEs and a vibrant business community that is working towards making Uganda a better place for all its citizens. UDET management team therefore has a significant role to make this happen.
I trust that UDET management team will continue to seek for more resources and energies to invest in propelling innovative businesses and programs that will promote communities’ engagement in their development agendas to ensure better quality life for all the people in Uganda.
It is my sincere hope that with all projects initiated and funded in FY 2011, including those funded in previous years, UDET has continued to lay a firm foundation that is going to act as a springboard for it to carry on with its development drive to alleviate poverty, create jobs in rural areas and increase the grassroots poor’s family incomes in the years to come.
We look forward to the upcoming year with greater anticipation, for each year that goes-by provides UDET ample experience and time to learn from its mistakes, improve on what it has done well and look out for new opportunities, ensuring better performance year after year.
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