Living in
West Nile

The West Nile region is bordered to the North by South Sudan, to the West by the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the East by Acholi sub-region (Amuru and Nwoya districts) and to the South by Buliisa district. Administratively, it is composed of eight district local governments (Nebbi, Zombo, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Yumbe, Moyo, and Adjumani) that have a projected total population of 2.7 million people. These people are predominantly rural (90%) and more than half are below 18 years.

The quality of life in the region is deplorable. Overall, 46% of the people live in extreme poverty (below US $ 1.25 per person daily). Life expectancy is a dismal 46 years. The literacy rate is only 59%. To many, safe water, electricity, telephones and television, and tarmac road are luxuries. In fact, the majority of rural people have not seen these “basic needs of life in a globalized world.”

Such undignified life has perpetuated aspiration failure traps and intergenerational poverty. To us sons and daughters of the region, it calls for protracted actions.

For West Nile region, the time to transform livelihoods is now!

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, spaces to do and be their aspirations, 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

In AFARD, conduct and performance are underpinned by the following core values and principles;

  1. Empowerment
  2. Genuine Partnerships
  3. Professionalism
  4. 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, Pakwach, Zombo 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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