What we Do
International Foundation for Recovery and Development (IFRAD) is a holistic socio-economic development organization working to improve the wellbeing of enterprising people and communities in Uganda. We are membership based organization incorporated in 2009 with the mandate to operate within Uganda and broadly across East Africa.
We have a unique model that works – hinged on;
With very systematic interventions at micro (sub county), meso (district) and macro (national) levels, we empower extremely vulnerable and marginalized children, youth and women with the necessary tools to become self-sustaining, reduce vulnerabilities and take charge of their lives and those of their families.
IFRAD employs a private-sector-led approach to development which emphasises building and strengthening of capacities for both informal and formal private sector to; a) organize, b) build wealth and c) exercise active citizenship. IFRADs model increases opportunities for the informal private sector to organize and increase their contribution to both rural and urban economies.
IFRAD targets children, adolescents, youth and women as priority strategic investment cleavages as a result of the current demographic construct, economic disadvantages, as well as the likely long-term investment advantages the target groups offer.
IFRAD conducts and invests in activities linked to the following six core areas
Building capacities and enhancing the abilities of individuals or groups to engage in economically practical and vibrant business opportunities with particular focus on agribusiness value chain development.
Creating a research and learning platform for private sector, financial and business development organizations to aid reflection and development of innovative public-private sector solutions to wealth creation and enterprise growth.
Leading in the development of highly innovative and practical business growth, Information and Communication Technologies that increase business productivity and incomes through ICT exploration hubs.
Strengthening market, technical and financial connections necessary for enterprising people to enable them build competitive farms and businesses.
Undertaking activities focused at improving the business-enabling environment through advocacy and creating opportunities for young people in the private sector.
Mainstreaming crosscutting issues of sexual reproductive health, gender equality, environmental protection and HIV/AIDS in all interventions.
We build capacities of individuals and groups in entrepreneurship. We run an in-school track for children, adolescents and youth as well as an out of school track for youth and women. In-school beneficiaries adopt an entrepreneurial attitude, while out of school beneficiaries go on to start own businesses or expand them, while others choose to find employment in business environments.
We create platforms for enterprising individuals and groups in the informal private sector to organize and convene, thus increasing opportunities for collective access to finance (through group savings and loans associations and linkages to micro-loans) as well as access to markets (through bulking and market linkages). IFRAD is the pioneer in increasing opportunities for informal private sector to organize, implement social action plans and engage with local governments/policy makers. We support the formation of District Private Sector Networks as the pinnacle of IFRADs private sector organizing at local government levels. The district PSNs continue to provide a network of growth and support for private sector efforts.
Private sector networks are responsible for lobbying and advocating for a conducive socio-political and economic environment required for businesses to start and grow. Taxation, licencing, business registration processes, market gazetting and administration, financial regulations and active citizenship are common influencing areas. We build leadership, research, advocacy and influencing capacities of respective District Private Sector Networks (PSN’s) to identify contextual and systemic bottlenecks and develop social action plans required to influence pro-development policies. A fairer business operating environment is created for enterprising women and men in pursuit for greater economic justice.
IFRAD’s way and means of work are shaped by the following values:
We share responsibility, ideas and tools in a spirit of connection, collaboration and sincerity.
We hold ourselves to high ethical standards, respect the rule of law and behave honestly.
We are problem solvers who think creatively, act boldly and learn from our mistakes.
We are accountable for lasting and measurable impact.
We recognize that people need to love each other and the environment. With love, conflict can be avoided, resulting in the necessary platform for universal development.
We recognize the existing unbalanced distribution of resources and power that exists among different sects in communities. We are committed to reversing the currently widening gender and resource gaps among individuals, households and groups.
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through the Employment Readiness Program
Total Savings realized in member savings groups
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