At present, the majority of our work currently takes place in Uganda and Zambia, but we have been or are currently active in several other East African countries. Follow the links below for more information.
The Ugandan boundaries created by the British Empire covered a wide range of ethnic groups, among whom tensions and persecution persist today. Since 1986, Uganda has been relatively stable and is moving towards democracy but many citizens remain in disastrous poverty; are rendered disenfranchised by illiteracy; and/or suffer human rights abuses.
The bulk of Afrinspire’s partners work in Uganda. We have major partners in the country, where we have developed the most connections and supported the most development work. Uganda also hosts Afrinspire’s biannual partner conferences, where connections are made between partners, training and support given, and assessments made about work done or left to do.
South Sudan is the world’s newest country, having gained independence from neighboring Sudan in January 2011. Since then, the nation has struggled with good governance and nation-building and its economic condition has deteriorated due to oil disputes with Sudan.
Afrinspire has been working with extremely impoverished South Sudanese communities since before their country achieved independence in 2011. Some of our work in Uganda, such as the Functional Adult Literacy programme, has extended over the border into South Sudan. This is in addition to existing relationships with partners in South Sudan.
One of the world’s poorest economies in terms of per capita income, Tanzania nonetheless has achieved high growth rates based on gold production and tourism. Reliant on agriculture and foreign aid to continue to develop, Tanzania received the world’s largest Millennium Challenge Compact grant, worth US $698 million. Though the state has seen continued political tensions since one-party rule ended in 1995 it has remained relatively peaceful.
Although Afrinspire has long had links with Tanzania, the partners with which we are working currently are fairly new relationships.
Currently in Burundi, 93.6% of the labour force is made up of agricultural workers. Less than 2% of homes have electricity, over a quarter of citizens have no access to improved drinking water, and economic development is hindered by the dire personal circumstances of many citizens.
In the poorest of the countries (GDP per capita) in which Afrinspire has major partners, we have established relationships with several indigenous organisations.
In Zambia, since the privatisation of the copper mines, copper output has increased steadily. However, a high birth rate, relatively high HIV/AIDS burden and poor policymaking have meant that Zambia’s economic growth has failed to dramatically decrease poverty.
Afrinspire maintains regular connection with Zambia, namely through the supply of equipment such as computers to partners working in each.