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Dodoth Agro-Pastoralist Development Organization (DADO)

Dodoth Agro-Pastoralist Development Organization (DADO) is a local, non-Governmental, non-political non-profit making organization founded in July 1996 by the agro-pastoralist communities in Kaabong district. As a community based Organization (CBO). DADO provides livestock extension services and other related efforts to bring peace and reconciliation among the ethnic groups in north Karamoja.

DADO operates and implements its activities in Kaabong district of North Karamoja with Concentration in the sub counties of Lodiko, Sidok, Lolelia, Kalapata, Kaabong East, Kaabong West and Karenga. Light Projects are also implemented in the sub counties of Kawalakol, Kathile and Kamion on the corridors/borders of the Kidepo Valley National Conservation Area/Park the above mentioned sub counties found in both Dodoth East and West constituencies.

Livestock Extension Services

On 26th July 2005 after operating as a CBO for approximately ten [10] years under then Kotido district, DADO was registered with the National NGO board under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Uganda Government as a nongovernmental organisation

The impacts of climate change create challenges and impose severe losses and hardships on the poorest communities as their livelihoods are likely to be more sensitive to adverse impacts of climate change. The most dominant and widespread disaster due to climate change is drought, whose frequency is observed to be on the increase. 

Sustainable Economic Development in Karamoja

DADO is founded on the principles of working with the most marginalized agro-pastoral and minority communities with a broader call toward providing a holistic approach to community development. It focuses on supporting community development initiatives through building resilience, peace & reconciliation, protection and promotion of pastoralist and minority groups’ rights, including livelihoods enhancement among the pastoralists’ communities in the triangular board areas of north-eastern Uganda, north-western Kenya and south-eastern South Sudan.

DADO has focused on peace building in Karamoja and the neighboring regions through “Cross-border conflict transformation programs,” whioh include cross-border community dialogue sessions, peace building skills training, facilitation of reconciliation initiatives among rivaling communities, skill training in entrepreneurship, mentoring and climate-change adaptation, youth-led outreach campaigns, training of cross-border conflict response networks and monitoring. Projects like this are a sign of hope in a region forgotten by the world, and most importantly forgotten by the own Ugandan Government for so long.