Programs

Recognising the innate dignity and worth of all people and the value of diversity

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.

Below are current Programs run by DADO

Livestock Extension

This aims at improving productivity and competitiveness of Karamoja’s livestock producers – including cattle for meat and dairy, goats and sheep. The desired outcomes and targeted behaviours are achieved at household level. It is an opportunity for result oriented and self-motivated individual looking for complex challenges that can make a real difference in people’s lives. The project will contribute to the overarching goal of increased productivity and competitiveness, improved animal production, marketing and health.

Peace & Conflict Resoluion

War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. DADO works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change. Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.

Water & Economic Development

Karamoja is an agro-pastoralist region, northeast of Uganda. For the past decades, it has been characterized by chronic underdevelopment and marginalization. The region is currently going through a deep humanitarian crisis, combining severe food insecurity, human insecurity and environmental destruction, all linked to global climate change. A big challenge in Karamoja is access to water. DADO and partners have supported activities to ensure more water to Karamoja by using local labor and innovative methods such as rock catchments.

Our Projects

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.

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 [NGO]. And DADO is registered by Kaabong District Local Government as of the Development Partner among others.

Climate change, Adoption and Mitigation project

Drought has severely affected the agricultural sector leading to impacts such as famine, malnutrition, low production and productivity of crops and animals, etc. Although all the agro-ecological zones of Uganda are grappling with the effects of climate change and variability, the Karamoja sub region is most affected.

Adverse impacts of climate change in Uganda and the study area in particular, include drought, famine, flash floods and flooding, prolonged dry spells and dust storms, among several others. Climate change impacts undermine health and well-being, the economy and overall development of the country. Food insecurity is a major challenge and climate change impacts are making food insecurity worse.

Assessing pastoralist land use in Karamoja through Holistic Land & Livestock Management

VSF Belgium Uganda has been operating since 2007 in the Karamoja region of Uganda. Its areas of intervention focus on animal health, animal production and natural resources management (NRM). The current main program, Karamoja Livestock Development Program, is now in its third phase. This program is implemented in partnership with Matheniko Development Forum (MADEFO) for Moroto District and Dodoth Agro-Pastoral Organization (DADO) for Kaabong District.









Peace, Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution

DADO has focused on peace building in Karamoja and the neighbouring 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. That is still recorded as the poorest in the country.