What we do / Services

1. Research Agenda

IFOCORD’s research mission is to respond to the needs of society through research and outreach activities.

Objective

IFOCORD Research activities aims at providing vital analysed information/data which can effectively inform public policy for development purposes on one hand and on the other that can generate debate on developmental issues among policy makers and scholars.

Activities:

  • Social Research surveys and analysis particularly in Education, Health, Information and communication technology, forced migration, natural resources, environment, resettlement, Socio-economic policies, decentralisation and community development generally.
  • Strategic Planning for organisations
  • Grant development and Evaluation Research
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Assessments of on-going projects and end of term
  • Enhance and update Institutional data base periodically specifically on health and education. eg variables such as immunisation uptake, effect of the uncommunicable diseases, nutritional uptake by children below the age of 5 years, enrolment and school dropout rates of girl child in selected districts etc.
  • Train Research assistants in developing research protocols, data collection, analysis and dissemination of results.

Methodology:

Our Research activities largely involves participatory approaches though quantitative methods are handy to arrive at the quantities. Hence both Qualitative and quantitative methods are used to conduct the research. We also honour and make use of earlier studies by other researchers through documentary review. Therefore, all study designs are applicable given the type of research topic and urgency of the study. Also use of digital mediums of data collection and analysis is applied.

Target:

  • Users of research results such as local and national policy makers, Development partners, International agencies and organisations, and for IFOCORD projects.
  • Those developing research careers

2. Health Agenda

Ifocord Uganda has designed Public health awareness programs with focus on early childhood development programs, girl-child health, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), Gender Based Violence (GBV) and environmental health issues

The mission is to promote the health of child mother, women and vulnerable children in the selected communities

Objective

IFOCORD aims to address matters of physiological, social health problems across local communities with an objective of specifically undertaking Public Health Awareness by addressing sexual health, gender based violence, early childhood development health programs and environmental issues.

Activities:

  • Public Health awareness campaigns on SRH, GBV, immunization provide data on women and vulnerable children health for planning purposes and other interventions.
  • Advocacy and lobbying purposes
  • Designing focused interventions and implement them on SRH, GBV and nutrition; Nutritional screening is done hence IFOCORD promotes community based safe motherhood initiatives and strengthen the capacity of communities to demand for services and accountability from Maternal and Child Health duty bearers. We support the VHTs to extend services closer to communities through outreaches with the health centres staff and CSOs. We conduct nutritional screening, support to nutrition treatment through referrals and provision of nutritious foods to the affected families.
  • Monitor and evaluate through Most Significant Change stories using participatory video (MSC/PV) assessments.
  • Provide psychosocial support to the women and the vulnerable groups

Methodology:

  • Participatory approaches
  • Identifying the target groups through national statistics such as Demographic health surveys by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and participatory learning activities in the communities.
  • Develop outcome areas, with defined outputs and activities then implement them

Target:

Child Mothers, Women, girl-children and the vulnerable.

3. Livelihood

Mission is to empower the community by improving the well-being of child mothers, women, girl-child and the vulnerable.

Provision of sustainable and profitable means of livelihoods, training of Income Generating Activities and financial management, support to child mothers, women, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs’) to attain vocational skills and provision of basic start up tool kits to beneficiaries War affected children in the community. The young people are organized into groups and supported with seed loans according to their choices of enterprises, trained in agronomist best practices and supported to practice modern farming. The organization takes initiatives to link them to the market hence improve household economic income. The groups are lined to financial institutions and integrated VSLA for financial inclusion.

Objective

This aims at building the capability of poor, vulnerable and marginalized families and individuals to acquire necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods that help improve their socio-economic conditions.

Activities:

  • Identify together with communities of the target population the livelihood programs that can effectively address the needs of the target population in the selected areas
  • Design and implement livelihood programs with the communities aimed at improving the livelihood of the women, girl-child and the vulnerable of selected communities
  • Provide updated data on the nutritional aspects of the target population

4. Gender Based Violence

We work with communities to prevent Gender Based violence against women and Men, Girls and boys, and we strengthen their capacities to respond to effects on individuals, families and communities in Northern and Eastern Uganda. We work with the arm of government at district and national level to disseminate relevant policies and support in case management. We empower para social workers with skills to manage case from community level and management referrals for justice to prevail.

5. Education

IFOCORD recognises the existing situations of orphans and vulnerable children and young people in Uganda. In order to restore their hopes, we ensure they are supported to attain better education. We promote the right to inclusive Education through providing safer schools for children 4-12 years. We believe every child has a fundamental right to education, and must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of learning for a holistic growth and development.

We work with community to establish community managed ECD centres with the community and formation of parenting groups for positive parenting of children 0-3 years of age to promote a better start in life. With we do it through promotion of partnership with the District local government, schools and other CSOs.

We also support the adolescent girls and teenage mothers to acquire employability skills through apprenticeship training at community level.