Uganda Overview

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In this Image Members of an IPA field team—team leader Jackie, enumerator Aaron, and enumerator Alice—walk in the district of Kamwenge, Uganda. © 2018 Aude Guerrucci

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Research Findings

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A Faith-Based Couples' Counseling Program Reduced Intimate Partner Violence in Uganda

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Uganda has one of the highest prevalences of intimate partner violence (IPV) globally. Research suggests community leaders can promote behavioral change, thereby reducing IPV. In Uganda, researchers conducted an impact evaluation of a faith-based couples counseling program called Becoming One. To attract a wide audience, Becoming One does not directly address violence, focusing instead on improving couples' relationships and shifting decision-making power. A year later, the program reduced IPV by 12 percent and shifted power within the relationship towards women, while also improving intimacy and communication.

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The Impact of Reliable Electricity on Maternal and Newborn Healthcare in Rural Uganda

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Maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality are persistent challenges despite increasing rates of deliveries within health care facilities over the last decade. Especially in low-resource contexts, improving infrastructure in facilities through access to reliable electricity may enable healthcare workers to provide higher-quality obstetric and newborn care. Where large investments in infrastructure are likely to be unsustainable in these settings, solar energy for health care facilities may provide the essential lighting needed to deliver quality care. In Uganda, researchers are evaluating the impact of the “Solar Suitcase” designed specifically for maternity care facilities on the reliability of light, quality of care, and health worker satisfaction.

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Budget Transparency and Political Oversight in Uganda

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Many local bureaucrats operate in settings with weak institutions and limited oversight, resulting in poor service delivery. A growing number of initiatives and studies seek to address this by empowering communities to monitor front-line service providers directly. This study tests another avenue: Empowering local politicians, who have the mandate but often lack the tools to monitor local bureaucrats, who in turn oversee front-line service providers. In particular, this study evaluated the impact of putting location-specific, fine-grained budget and expenditure information into the hands of local councilors on their efforts to monitor the bureaucracy. This information, coupled with training on government rules and procedures, improved local politicians’ oversight efforts, but only in areas where some degree of party competition existed.

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IPV

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IPA Uganda is working with the IRC, World Vision, and Church of Uganda to scale up a couples' counseling program that was proven to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV). Discussions are underway on how to integrate lessons from this intervention into the Church of Uganda’s programming.

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Teacher Training

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 IPA Uganda, IRC, and World Vision are working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to explore the possible adaptation and scale-up of a promising teacher training model. 

 

Uganda

Our Team

Uganda

Our Team

Country Director

Patrick Nalere

Patrick Nalere is the Country Director for IPA's Rwanda and Uganda offices. In this role, he provides overall strategic leadership, management, and coordination of the development and implementation of country office strategies and projects.

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Deputy Country Director

Cassien Havugimana

Cassien Havugimana is the Deputy Country Director for Rwanda & Uganda, for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), based in Kigali. Cassien worked as the Regional Coordinator in Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).

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Senior Research Associate

Aziz Buyinza

Azizi is a Senior Research Associate at IPA Uganda. He began his career in 2012 as a data officer and later worked as part of IPA Uganda's field teams, growing through the ranks of Field Officer, team leader, Field Manager, and Research Associate before progressing to his current role.

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Manager, Right-Fit Evidence

Mallory Holding

Mallory Holding is working with IPA's Right-Fit Evidence Unit in Uganda, where she will be supporting the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of several NGOs working on early childhood development interventions. 

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Associate Research Manager

Anthony Kamwesigye

Anthony Kamwesigye is an experienced researcher, project manager, and SurveyCTO programmer who has been in the research field since 2009.

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Research Manager

Vianney Mbonigaba

Vianney Mbonigaba is a Research Manager at IPA Uganda, leading a portfolio of projects ranging from financial inclusion, education, and governance.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Matilda Nakawungu

Matilda Nakawungu is working with the Right-Fit Evidence Unit in Uganda, where she is supporting monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of a number of organizations working on improving Early Childhood Care and Education services with play in East and Southern Africa.

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Survey Programming and Data Associate

Ivan Sengendo

Ivan is working with IPA in the following areas: (i) co-leading the electronic programming of surveys in Excel, using Open Data Kit (ODK)/SurveyCTO, (ii) rendering support to improve, standardize, and automate IPA’s data flow and data quality tools; and more.

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Country Director

Patrick Nalere

Patrick Nalere is the Country Director for IPA's Rwanda and Uganda offices. In this role, he provides overall strategic leadership, management, and coordination of the development and implementation of country office strategies and projects.

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Deputy Country Director

Cassien Havugimana

Cassien Havugimana is the Deputy Country Director for Rwanda & Uganda, for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), based in Kigali. Cassien worked as the Regional Coordinator in Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).

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Senior Research Associate

Aziz Buyinza

Azizi is a Senior Research Associate at IPA Uganda. He began his career in 2012 as a data officer and later worked as part of IPA Uganda's field teams, growing through the ranks of Field Officer, team leader, Field Manager, and Research Associate before progressing to his current role.

Read Full Bio

Manager, Right-Fit Evidence

Mallory Holding

Mallory Holding is working with IPA's Right-Fit Evidence Unit in Uganda, where she will be supporting the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of several NGOs working on early childhood development interventions. 

Read Full Bio

Associate Research Manager

Anthony Kamwesigye

Anthony Kamwesigye is an experienced researcher, project manager, and SurveyCTO programmer who has been in the research field since 2009.

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Research Manager

Vianney Mbonigaba

Vianney Mbonigaba is a Research Manager at IPA Uganda, leading a portfolio of projects ranging from financial inclusion, education, and governance.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Matilda Nakawungu

Matilda Nakawungu is working with the Right-Fit Evidence Unit in Uganda, where she is supporting monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of a number of organizations working on improving Early Childhood Care and Education services with play in East and Southern Africa.

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Survey Programming and Data Associate

Ivan Sengendo

Ivan is working with IPA in the following areas: (i) co-leading the electronic programming of surveys in Excel, using Open Data Kit (ODK)/SurveyCTO, (ii) rendering support to improve, standardize, and automate IPA’s data flow and data quality tools; and more.

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