Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia with a population of 39 million. 16 % are disabled.
Uganda is ranked as a low human development country, ranging as number 163 of 188 countries on the Human Development Index.
The iSAVE programme is implemented in the following districts of Eastern and Northern Uganda: Manafwa, Iganga, Lira, and Apac.
The organizations implementing iSAVE in Uganda are the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda and the Association of Microfinance institutions in Uganda (AMFIU), both having head office in Kampala. NUDIPU consists of 14 Disabled People’s Organizations that have offices across the country.
NUDIPU and AMFIU are supported with technical advice and financial support by the Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD), both by two local employers in Kampala and staff at head office in Oslo.
The organizations behind the iSAVE in Uganda have phased out of the following districts: Soroti, Serere, Sironko, Bulambuli, Kumi, Ngora, Bukedea, Mbale, Bugiri, Namayengo, Tororo, Busia and Pallisa. Still the iSAVE programme itself continues to exist, since the local people themselves now have the capacity they need to continue saving and developing their local community.
Facts from World Bank and ILO