A skilled, technically competent, healthy, productive, self sustaining and patriotic work force.a

Having realised that millions of Ugandans still face several challenges including unemployment, poverty, inadequate skills, and all problems associated with those challenges, a team of self driven Ugandans moved ahead to initiate interventions that could promote; eradication of poverty, job creation and self employment initiatives as well as promote good governance, in order to accelerate and promote sustainable development in Uganda.

Mission Statement

Skill people, increase their productivity and incomes with a target of increasing competent SMEs as a basis for a strong economic growth of the country.


Since its inception, A.N.D has always and continues to employ a grass-root-community-based approach to implement various programs in the areas of poverty alleviation by promoting self employment initiatives, job creation; with emphasis on artisanal, entrepreneurship development, public health, good governance, food security and agriculture, among others.

To achieve the above, A.N.D employs a comprehensive and inter-disciplinary approach including skills training, sensitisation, capacity building, conducting research, disseminating and publishing findings, creating partnerships, networking, project management and coordination, planning, designing and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, consultancy, guidance and counselling, and advocacy.

Whereas A.N.D’s interventions benefit almost every needy Ugandan, its programs are mainly intended for the vulnerable groups (especially youth and women). A.N.D believes that skills development, most especially for the economically vulnerable people, is a precursor to increasing their employability, productivity hence improving their incomes. This strategy mobilizes, organizes and supports disadvantaged groups in economically productive ventures to enhance income generation which is a critical pillar upon which empowerment rests.

Areas of Program focus

To achieve its mission and vision, A.N.D mobilises, organises and supports affected communities by designing, planning and implementing programs in the following areas:

  • Poverty eradication
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Artisanal skills training and development
  • Self employment initiatives
  • Talent development
  • Good governance
  • Reproductive health
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Conducting research
  • Environmental conservation
  • Capacity building

A.N.D believes that there is a mismatch between skills and employment opportunities in the country. This gap is most exhibited among the graduates who join the labour market with no employable skills, low quality education and technically unskilled. This slows down economic growth and causes social disorder. A.N.D believes that to unleash the potential of unproductive Ugandans, appropriate skills training and need based development programs must be designed and implemented.

Aims and Objectives

  • Promote sustainable development.
  • Design, plan, implement and monitor the implementation of skills development, poverty alleviation programmes and projects.
  • Mobilise resources to finance development.
  • Promote SMEs investment, joint ventures and the adoption of appropriate technology.
  • Undertake legal and human rights education, training, research and support the provision of training programmes, civic education and advocacy.
  • Undertake reproductive health programs.
  • Promote modern agricultural and animal husbandry practices.
  • Acquire, own, improve, manage and develop real property and sell, lease, mortgage, dispose of all or nay part of the property of the association.
  • Promote good governance, leadership and management skills.
  • Develop and institutionalise linkages between leaders, human and political rights activists and pressure groups.
  • Promote production and marketing associations for small scale/cottage industries (SMEs)


A.N.D collaborates with the government and non-state actors like companies, co-operations, non-governmental organisations and other persons that are relevant and/ or pertinent to the attainment of the above objectives. Human resource A.N.D has both permanent staff and consultants. Most of these have multidisciplinary skills and are multipurpose.


A.N.D has three types of members, namely:

  • Full members
  • Associate members
  • Honorary members