Nutrition Education and Policy:
A Partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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NGOs Working on Issues Including Nutrition and Food Security

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Major International NGOs

  • Action Against Hunger
  • ActionAid
  • Red Cross
  • EveryChild
  • Oxfam International
  • Safe the Children
  • World Vision

NGOs working in conflict areas in north and with internally displaced people

  • CARE
  • IRC
  • Uganda Child Rights NGO Network
  • Save the Children in Uganda
  • NGO Forum
  • Concerned Parents Association,
  • Concern Worldwide
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Africa 2000 Network-Uganda
  • Hunger Alert
  • Ockenden International

Women’s NGOs

  • Safe Motherhood
  • Society for Women and AIDS (Uganda chapter)
  • Uganda Media Women’s Association
  • Uganda Private Midwives Association
  • Uganda Women’s Network
  • Action for Development
  • Uganda Women's Finance Trust Limited (UWFT)
  • The National Association of Women
  • Uganda Women's Finance Trust Limited (UWFT)
  • Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE)
  • National Strategy for the Advancement of Rural Women in Uganda (NSARWU)
  • Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa - Uganda Chapter (CEEWA- Uganda).

Advocacy organizations that work on debt, poverty, structural adjustment and broader issues relating to food security:

  • Structural Adjustment Participatory International Network (Uganda)
  • World Vision
  • Organisation for Socio-Economic Change and Advancement
  • Women Medical Doctors
  • Uganda National NGO Forum (NGO-F)
  • National Association of Womens Organisations
  • Uganda Council of Churches/African Women’s Economic Policy Network
  • Action Aid Uganda
  • Uganda Womens Network
  • National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda
  • Uganda Small Scale Industries Association
  • Foundation of African Development
  • Disabled Womens Resource Organisation
  • Uganda National Farmers Association
  • South Western Uganda Agricultural Development Agency
  • Uganda Joint Christian Council
  • Volunteers Effort for Development Concerns
  • Development Networks of Indigenous Voluntary Associations
  • Uganda Manufacturers' Association


  • Nutrition Micro Projects
  • Christian Children's Fund Inc.
  • Community and Child Care Program
  • Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Project
  • Improving Food Security for Infants in Female-headed Households


  • AIDS Information Centre
  • The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO)
  • Network of AIDS Researchers in Eastern and Southern Africa (NARESA)
  • Traditional Healers Together Against AIDS (THETA)
  • Nakasero Blood Bank
  • Uganda Virus Research Institute
  • World Learning, Inc.
  • Uganda Red Cross

Ideas of how to incorporate NGOs into the exchange:

  • Under the objective of enhancing research skills, Makerere students might be able to work with various NGOs, depending on their research topics, to conduct field research. They could formulate their topics in consultation with the stated research needs of NGOs and NGOs would provide critical contacts to the communities and local leaders and provide institutional support for their fieldwork. This could be worked into the distance education program as well.
  •  Makerere students taking courses might be able to make occasional visit various NGOs to learn more about their activities, successes and challenges in various areas.
  •  In terms of collaborative faculty research, we could build into virtually any topic some kind of collaboration with NGOs working in their particular field of interest in terms of identifying relevant research topics and needs, gaining access to appropriate research sites, and serving as sounding boards for our research endeavors. Researchers could also consult with NGO representatives about their findings.
  • In developing programs in nutrition at Makerere, it might be good to bring in key NGOs working in this area to get their input into how they see the needs in terms of research and expertise from a more practical standpoint.

I myself would be interested in collaborating with Ugandan colleagues on a project that would look at the advocacy issues around nutrition and food security and the ways in which women’s NGOs have mobilized and formed alliances to address these issues at a policy level. Women play a critical role in ensuring the health and providing for the nutritional needs of the entire household in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa. Women’s organizations at the national and local level have been critical in advancing these efforts. Uganda has a vibrant women’s movement with a wide range of organizations that work in the area of women’s health, which is a central concern of women in Uganda. These organizations focus on providing primary health care services, community and public education, and advocacy. Generally they address the nexus of economic, social and political dimensions related to women’s health and treat them holistically. They work in a wide range of areas including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and nutrition, addressing the particular concerns women have, both as women and as key health providers within the family.

My collaborator(s) and myself would interview leaders and members of organizations like, Safe Motherhood, Society for Women and AIDS (Uganda chapter), Uganda Media Women’s Association, Uganda Private Midwives Association, Uganda Women’s Network, Action for Development, Uganda Women's Finance Trust Limited (UWFT), The National Association of Women, Uganda Women's Finance Trust Limited (UWFT), Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE), National Strategy for the Advancement of Rural Women in Uganda (NSARWU), and the Council for Economic Empowerment for Women of Africa - Uganda Chapter (CEEWA- Uganda). The research would result in a series of articles for publication.