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Livelihood initiatives play a crucial role in community development, and we prioritize various aspects to empower individuals and communities. Agriculture is a key focus area, as it provides a sustainable source of income and food security for communities. Through our programs, we support farmers with training, access to resources, and modern agricultural techniques to improve productivity and profitability. Additionally, we recognize the importance of technical vocational skills training, equipping community members with practical skills that enhance employability and entrepreneurship. By offering training in various trades, such as carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work, we enable individuals to secure better job opportunities or start their own businesses.

Our livelihood interventions focus on empowering communities for self-reliance and resilience through providing relevant capacity development services at household and individual levels for income generation, self-employment and food security. The livelihood and climate action thematic focus areas are;


Our primary focus is on Climate Smart Agriculture with emphasis on adaptation and mitigation. Our approaches under Agriculture include;

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Mixed group approach: The mixed group approach (refugees and hosts, women and men
and PSNs) over the years has enhanced access to land for vulnerable persons such as
refugees, PWDS and women from their host counterparts.

Promotion of block farming: Block farming of high value chains per ecological centre is
promoted through farmer organization in groups where each farmer allocates 1-2 acres of land for the promotion of selected enterprise, bulked and collectively marketed.

The graduation model approach: which is a sequenced and time-bound series of social inclusion and economic interventions that effectively moves vulnerable households into sustainable livelihoods.

Farmer Field School Methodology: The FFS is an innovative, participatory, and interactive learning approach that emphasizes problem solving and discovery-based learning.

Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI): is a strategic and participatory approach that puts small-
scale farmers at the center of development processes. ERI strengthens farmers’ social and entrepreneurial capacities in order to make the transition from subsistence to market –
oriented agriculture while safeguarding food security and sustainable management of
natural resources.

Market system approach: A three-pronged approach has been employed by CEFORD viz: a)
Multi-stakeholder Platform (MSP) to address systemic issues hindering participation of the households in the market system; b) Business to Business linkages (B2B) to promote linkages with value chain actors for sustainability and c) business coaching & mentoring to ensure adaption of better practices for survival and growth.

Agroforestry/FMNR: Our livelihood interventions have integrated basic mixed agroforestry systems to protect and restore environment and natural resources while promoting green livelihoods in the targeted refugee and host community. This has been conducted through
the Farmer Managed Natural Resource Regeneration (FMNR) which ensured trees are
conserved while cultivation takes place. Climate Smart Agricultural practices with focus on soil and water conservation, integrated pest and disease management, adoption of agro-
forestry has been promoted among the farmers where tree seedlings for fruits, fuel and wood have been distributed to the farmers to protect and conserve the environment as
livelihood activities are being promoted.

Financial inclusion and Empowerment

In order to ensure that the rural communities are fully involved and participate in economic ventures, we adopted the Village Savings and Loans methodology for the communities to accumulate capital in their circles which they can borrow for expanding their economic opportunities.

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Digitalization: Digital platforms have improved access of farmers to extension services, and
markets not only globally but also in West Nile. Therefore, we have been promoting digital
platforms to enhance access to extension services and markets in partnership with the
private sector.

Technical Vocational Skills Training

We employ both community-based training and institutionalized training for both self-employment and wage employment. Our technical vocational skills training are informed by relevant employment, labour and market assessments. We employ the following approaches for effective TVET Programming

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Job shadowing and Matching: Based on the challenges faced in promoting both self and
wage employment after skilling of youth and women majorly due to job mismatches
between acquired skills set and the market demands and also partly due to poor career
guidance, we have embarked on the establishment of community-based skilling and job
matching centres that provide opportunity, career guidance, exposure and linkage with potential employers.

Instant Learning/Apprenticeship: We offer short-term community-based trainings for
vulnerable girls, youth and women in market-oriented trades. The instant
learning/Apprenticeship skills are provided mainly to girls, youth and women have basic
knowledge or exposure in the skills eco-system as such they require skills refinement for
period of 2 weeks to 2 months.

Work Based Learning: Based on the employment and labour market scan that have been
conducted, relevant skills trainings in selected enterprises are conducted by community
based local artisans or master craftsperson through on job learning, mentorship and
coaching for a period of three months.

Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and soft skills: To ensure our trainees of technical
vocational skills understand the skilling ecosystem especially the market and social
dynamics, training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and soft skills are integrated in the
technical vocational skills training.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Over the years we have understood the challenges faced by vulnerable communities in participating in Agricultural production and technical vocation skills training for especially persons with specific needs such as persons with disability and women without access to land as such we have been promoting business planning, selection and management as micro, small and medium enterprises.



Education is a fundamental pillar of community development, and we prioritize initiatives that empower individuals through quality learning opportunities. Early childhood development plays a vital role in shaping a child's future, and we place a strong emphasis on providing access to quality early childhood education programs. Through our initiatives, we establish and support early learning centers that offer a nurturing environment for young children. We focus on early literacy, numeracy, social skills, and cognitive development to ensure a strong foundation for their educational journey. In addition to early childhood development, we recognize the importance of supporting primary and secondary education.


Community Health

Community health is a cornerstone of our development efforts, and we prioritize initiatives that address key aspects such as WASH, nutrition, and MHPSS. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) are fundamental to the well-being of communities, and we work towards ensuring access to clean water sources, proper sanitation facilities, and promoting hygienic practices. By implementing infrastructure projects like the construction of wells, water purification systems, and latrines, we improve overall health and reduce the risk of waterborne diseases. Through community awareness campaigns, we also educate individuals on the importance of hygiene practices such as handwashing, safe food handling, and proper waste management.


Community Governance

Community governance plays a crucial role in fostering transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in decision-making processes. Our initiatives focus on promoting social accountability, advocating for the rights of community members, and facilitating meaningful engagements between duty bearers and rights holders.
Social accountability is an essential pillar of community governance, as it empowers citizens to hold public officials and institutions accountable for their actions and decisions. We work towards creating mechanisms that enable community members to actively participate in monitoring and evaluating public services and projects.



Protection is a fundamental aspect of our work, and we prioritize initiatives that ensure the safety, well-being, and rights of individuals, particularly vulnerable groups. Our protection efforts encompass various areas, including Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), General Protection, and Peaceful Co-existence.
Child Protection is at the core of our mission, and we work diligently to safeguard children's rights and create protective environments for their growth and development. Our initiatives focus on preventing and responding to child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. We provide support services, raise awareness on child rights, and collaborate with local authorities and organizations to strengthen child protection systems. Through capacity-building programs and community engagement, we aim to empower individuals and communities to actively promote and protect the rights of children.


Humanitarian Response

Humanitarian response plays a crucial role in addressing the immediate needs of communities affected by disasters and conflicts. Our initiatives prioritize two key areas: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Refugee Response.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a proactive approach aimed at reducing the vulnerability of communities to potential hazards and minimizing the impact of disasters.
Refugee Response is another vital aspect of our humanitarian efforts. We provide support and assistance to individuals and families who have been forcibly displaced due to conflicts, persecution, or other crises. Our initiatives encompass various areas, including shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood support.

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Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization registered as a Limited Liability (by Guarantee) under Registrar of Companies since June 2000; and in November 2000 with Uganda Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Board according to the NGOs Statute of 1989.

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