Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI)
Lukanga Musisi Samuel (Senior Program Officer – WASH)
P.O Box 692 Kampala ,Plot No. 2809, Muyenga Tank Hill Road, Kampala
Regional Area of Work
Districts of Active Projects
Lira , Soroti , Amuria , Kampala , Wakiso, Mukono, Rakai
Major Sectors of Work
- Agriculture / Rural Livehoods
- Social Research / Policy Advocacy
- Water and Sanitation
Number of Paid Staff
30-50 paid staff
Approximate Yearly Turnover
Between Ush 200 million and Ush 1 billion
Main source of income
Second source of income
Income from services
Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) was founded with mandates focused on mobilizing and empowering communities to carry out activities in areas of; enhancing food security, backing efforts in primary health care among urban dwellers, supporting income generating activities in agriculture, environment protection, water and sanitation.
Over years, CIDI’s actions have been directed at contributing to the lives of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. Capacity development through promotion of selected technologies and entrepreneur skills and provision of material support to communities has been at the hub of CIDI’s existence.
The challenges facing CIDI’s communities are mainly addressed through various ways. These include community mobilisation and sensitisation, capacity building and training, provision of credit facilities to farmers, provision and supply of agricultural inputs to the rural farmers, construction and provision of appropriate sanitation facilities, construction and provision of improved water sources to the deserving communities.
To be the leading NGO offering quality sustainable services to the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized communities in Uganda
To improve peoples’ livelihood and create self sustaining communities through provision of equitable, participatory integrated development interventions
CIDI’ highlights of major achievements and milestones, as well as current areas of work include;
• Introduction of ICT systems including computerized accounting software system and office equipment
• A recruitment policy was developed and operationalised which led to a 10 percent increase in number of staff recruited.
• As additional support towards an efficient management system, CIDI planned and partially achieved the expansion of the capital base meant to contribute towards administrative costs; create an operational financial system and a self sustaining micro finance unit.
• A budgetary performance of 300% has been attained with overall annual financial base from 300 million to 1.2 billion Uganda shillings.
• This financial gain enabled CIDI achieve a major output of purchasing an organizational office premise as well as meeting operational costs of a number of administrative activities.
• Integrating the micro –finance programs in a number of CIDI programs such as Central Archdiocesan Province Caritas Association, water and sanitation, Soroti Integrated Development Program II and McKnight.
• A resource mobilization department whose main function is to consolidate CIDI’s fundraising drive was created to mobilize resources to reach a number of marginalized and disadvantaged according to our mission.
• The organization has further engaged in offering consultancy and advisory services. This is intended to share experience and best practices in service delivery with other partners and to augment the income generating effort of other support services.
• Conservation projects in agro forestry projects like tree planting, soil and water conservation technologies are visibly being practiced within CIDI program communities.
• The current areas of CIDI’s work include; sustainable agriculture and micro-credit activities in the districts of Soroti, Amuria, and Rakai; water, hygiene and sanitation in the districts of Kampala, Amuria, Soroti, and Rakai; lobbying and advocacy, across all the CIDI’s major thematic areas mentioned above. The lobbying and advocacy activities further cover other districts which include; Wakiso and Mukono in the central region of Uganda.
Some of the major future strategic directions and needs for CIDI include;
• To reinforce financial management systems within CIDI
• To improve and sustain Information management systems including M&E
• To develop the human resource capacity within CIDI
• To increase access to clean and safe water, hygiene and sanitation services to the underserved communities
• To develop capacity, skills and technologies in agriculture for improved food security and sustainable environment for agricultural production
• Developing a water, hygiene and sanitation strategy, as well as a policy advocacy and lobbying strategy
• To increases the capacity of the disempowered local communities - directly affected by a number of challenges and policies. We need to be their own advocates in bringing about positive change in their lives.
• Extending CIDI’s programs and service delivery to other districts of northern western Uganda
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