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MCF's Short Course-Community Asset Mapping and Development for Sustainable Development, CAMDSD.

MCF's Short Course-Community Asset Mapping and Development for Sustainable Development, CAMDSD.

Uganda has largely rural economy where atleast 50% of population is below poverty line. Rural social enterprises are main source of income for poor persons and if they are able to work more effectively, there is potential to lift many people out of poverty. Rural social enterprises are self-help groups formed by people to better their livelihoods eg. Poultry production group, Carpentry group etc. Masindi has many of these enterprises (usually each with approximately 20-25 members). However poverty relief isn’t forthcoming because 78% of members still live on less than $1 a day, according to poverty level baseline survey conducted by Masindi Community Foundation, MCF in 2011.

MCF then developed innovative sustainable community driven development tools to social enterprise development in Masindi which can as well be employed by other community development agents in Uganda. MCF worked with 3,000 beneficiaries from November 2011 to November 2013 during the pilot phase of its development work with communities. This yielded average monthly income of Shs. 95,600/= per beneficiary between November 2013 and November 2014 (an increase of 79% from the previous value of Shs 53,200 per beneficiary before the foundation was established (Shs 53,200/= value obtained from poverty level baseline survey conducted by MCF in 2011 with 80 social enterprises in Masindi). MCF’s sustainable community driven development tools was one of the only 3 globally recognized successful community empowerment initiatives at the EDGE Funders conference in Berkeley, California in 2014. The other two successful initiatives coming from Kenya and Vietnam. The foundation has won several other awards under this work thereafter, which is the first of its kind in Uganda, most recently the Commonwealth Award.

MCF is now looking forward to signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Local Government, MOLG and established development organizations in the country to implement the sustainable community driven development tools in all the over 100 districts so as to bring about complete poverty relief under the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, PEAP program.

As such the foundation has developed an Open Distance Learning Practical Short Course called Community Asset Mapping and Development for Sustainable Development, CAMDSD to train students/graduates of Higher Institutions of Learning as key resources in scaling the model and fostering social change in Uganda. The model will require workforce of over 1,000 people during scale within 5 years.

It is hoped that successful participants will become part of the development agencies in implementing the tools in other regions of Uganda so as to bring about complete poverty relief. The certificate course will enhance competence of participants in their future career by enabling them secure decent jobs as effective change agents with development agencies/organizations, given that MCF’s development model is recognized internationally. The course will also enable participants establish sustainable community projects capable of sourcing funding from government, agencies, organizations and corporations. All students will be awarded certificates of completion as recognition of accomplishments, skills and knowledge gained from the practical course.

Click on the links below to obtain more information about the practical course and registration details.

CAMDSD Course Information (pdf)                                                          CAMDSD Course Registration Form (doc)

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