About Afard


was formed

The Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD) is a local, not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organization (NGO) formed in July 2000 by professional sons and daughters of West Nile. AFARD’s formation was motivated by numerous reasons. First, Political turbulence left West Nile as the extremely poorest region in Uganda next to Karamoja. Second, many development interventions have been external to local context leaving behind a people hardly changed. Third, decentralization has dismally improved people’s livelihoods given resource constraints and limited adherence to co-governance. Finally, that many sons and daughters of the region prefer to work elsewhere (human resource flight) limited innovations and enthusiasms to work for self-development.

Our vision

A Prosperous, Healthy, and Informed People of West Nile.

Prosperity is about economic resilience to livelihood shocks and stresses. Health focuses on enabling poor people to live long and productive lives. Finally, Informed is all about ensuring the people are literate, have marketable skills, and are active citizens with rights and voices.

Our mission

To contribute to the molding of a region in which the local people (men and women), including those who are marginalized, are able to participate effectively and sustainably and take a lead in the development of the region.

Values and principles

Respecting human dignity, equality, justice, and freedom.
  • The enshrinement of the empowerment approach to development
  • Local ownership by beneficiaries of whatever initiatives they are involved in
  • Use of participatory methodologies
  • Reliance on local resources including ITK, human and physical resources
  • Localizing research aimed at generating local area sensitive interventions
  • Genuine partnership based on mutual trust, respect and honesty
  • Linkage and collaboration with like-minded stakeholders
  • Transparency and accountability

Our philosophy

Our work is fundamentally guided by the belief that:
  • People know their problems better
  • It takes hard work to live a better life
  • Donors are friends en route to the beneficiaries’ desired ends
  • Poor people lead holistic livelihoods and support to them should be cognizant of this fact
  • Change is gradual; involving time, hard lessons, openness, and flexibility
  • Capacity building can neither be rushed nor pre-determined.

Legal status

AFARD is an affiliate member of a number of active Networks namely; Uganda National NGO Forum, Participatory Ecological Land Use and Management-Uganda Charpter,(PELUM); Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET); Uganda National Aids Services Organisation (UNASO); District NGO Forum in Nebbi, Yumbe and Moyo Districts; and Nebbi AIDS Services Organisation Network (NASON)
  • AFARD is legally registered with the NGO Board (Reg.No.S.5914/3753)

  • Registered with the Registrar of companies (Reg. No. 45179)

  •  Financial Intelligence Authority (Reg. No. FIA-14-00051)


Where we work

Plot 3-5 Butime Rd.
P.O. Box 80, Nebbi
Nebbi Town Council

Phone: + 256 (772) 437175 and (782) 400 856
Email: afard@afard.net

Plot 3-5 Butime Rd.
P.O. Box 80, Nebbi
Nebbi Town Council

+256 (772) 437 175 and
+256 (782) 400 856



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