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Cordaid NL


Some annual results

  • 6000refugee and host community households assisted in independent livelihoods, WASH and shelter provision
  • 132,932people more resilient to natural hazards
  • 114committees trained and created Resilient Livelihood plans

Global Peace Index

107/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2018)

Country Office

Uganda flag Kampala, Uganda

Plot 12B Farady Road
Bugolobi, Nakawa Division
Next to MUBS Annex Bugolobi

Country Director Uganda

Petra van Haren

Cordaid in Uganda

Cordaid has been active in Uganda for over 25 years. We currently work in three thematic areas: resilience, investments and humanitarian aid.

Read more about Cordaid in Uganda

Where does Cordaid work?

In the Karamoja and Teso sub-regions, Cordaid strengthens the capacities of communities to increase their livelihood security, and reduce their risks to natural hazards through climate-adapted and ecosystem-smart integrated programs.

Cordaid provided humanitarian aid to 11,000 refugee and host community households in Uganda in 2017. An additional 6000 households (refugees and host community members) are served in 2018. In the refugee settlements of Imvepi, Omugo and Rhina (in Arua district, West-Nile), Cordaid supports refugees to become independent from food distribution and be self-reliant. We assist them in agriculture and livelihood activities and provide the water, sanitation and hygiene facilities (WASH) needed to improve or uphold basic health levels. In the past we have worked on health programs that responded to the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs of youth in Uganda. Cordaid increases access to inclusive finance by investing in the Stromme Microfinance East Africa Fund (SMF EA Ltd.).

44,3 Million


Rural population

Urban population

4.6% annual

GDP growth

21.4 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

After decades of violent conflict, Uganda is now relatively stable, though it still faces many challenges. Uganda is prone to a variety of natural and man-made hazards. Farmers and nomadic pastoralists are increasingly exposed to unpredictable and changing rainfall patterns. This causes droughts and floods, and makes it more difficult to plan agricultural production. The capacity to prepare for and adapt to these climate events remains inadequate. This not only undermines food production, but also the income and health of farming communities, who make up 84% of the Ugandan population.

Uganda is the host to the largest refugee crisis in Africa and the top third in the world. A fact that receives too little international attention compared to its magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence in South Sudan and DR Congo, are staying in refugee settlements. 82% of them are women and children below the age of 18. The Ugandan government, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and their partners are unable to cater for all the needs of such a large refugee population. The strains on the host community are enormous, sometimes leading to direct tensions between the two populations. Lack of food, clean water and sanitation facilities are the most prominent needs.

Although progress has been made, the Ugandan health system still faces challenges. It is underfunded, understaffed and often inaccessible, especially to vulnerable groups like women, elderly, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Cordaid in Uganda


Cordaid strengthens the capacities of communities through action planning and training. We improve peoples’ resilience to disaster by enabling them to collaborate and dialogue with other stakeholders, such as local authorities.

In the Teso region of Uganda Cordaid and partner organization SOCADIDO support female farmers who struggle to maintain their livelihood because of climate change, land depletion or a lack of tools. Cordaid provides seeds, tools, technology and training. Image: Mickael Franci.


Cordaid provides access to inclusive finance for entrepreneurs by investing in the Stromme Microfinance East Africa Fund.

Cordaid also supported the Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI) with access to finance to open a branch in North Uganda where they serve refugee clients that fled from South Sudan.

Humanitarian aid

Our livelihood, agriculture and WASH programs improve the health and increase the self-reliance of refugees and host communities.

In the refugee settlement, Cordaid has trained dozens of refugees to become hygiene promoters. Hygiene promoters educate people on the importance of good hygiene and sanitation. In these circumstances, there is a serious risk of deadly diseases spreading, and their efforts will help to reduce those risks. Image: Petterik Wiggers.

Partners and donors

Cordaid works with many national and international partner organisations in Uganda, including Caritas Kotido, Caritas Moroto, Caritas Arua, ECO Uganda, SOCADIDO, TPO Uganda, PELUM and PFCC. Part of Cordaid’s work in Uganda is carried out under the Partners for Resilience (PfR) strategic partnership, a Dutch-based alliance consisting of the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International.

Recent donors include the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij, GIZ and our own fundraising brand Cordaid Mensen in Nood.

Uganda team

Petra van Haren

Country Director Uganda

Moges Bekele

Program manager Resilience / DRR advisor