Where we work

Eastern Africa

Our work in Eastern Africa is focused on strengthening the capacity of smallholder farmers, with emphasis on women, helping them to form and grow their own profitable organisations. We also support housing cooperatives and advocate for women’s right to land.

Kenya

We Effect’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa is based in Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, we operate within the two thematic fields; sustainable rural development and adequate housing. Our development work promotes and supports gender equality all through.

After participating in a financial services training held by Kakuyuni Farmers Cooperative Society Limited, Hellen Ngina in Kangundo, Kenya saved up and invested in a cow.

Rural development: In Kenya, we focus on strengthening the ability of smallholder coffee, milk and forest farmers to adopt sustainable farming methods, provide food for their families and live off the sale of their products. This is done by increasing the agricultural productivity and incomes, particularly for women, by better access to markets and promoting value chain development. An important focus area is to ensure that women and smallholder farmers and other marginalised groups can save, borrow and plan their finances. Meeting the youth unemployment crisis with trainings on entrepreneurship, agribusiness and financial services for youth is also an important part of our work.

Adequate housing: In both urban and rural Kenya, we promote the right of men and women to access adequate housing and access and control land. Our partners in the housing sector work to support the homeless to form cooperatives and systems for saving as well as advocating at different levels in society for decent housing for all.

Read more about our Partners and Programmes in Eastern Africa.

Tanzania

In Tanzania, our work is about supporting agricultural-based livelihoods, mitigating food insecurity, promoting the right to decent housing and addressing gender inequality. Our country office is based in Dar es Salaam.

Sustainable rural development: Together with our partners we work to strengthen the ability of farmers’ organisations to defend the right of smallholder farmers. We support small holder farmers to get organised, promote and practice gender equality, advocate for their rights, adapt to climate change and improve food production and access to markets. A special focus lays on women and youth being organised in agribusiness and given equal participation in both activities and leadership.


MVIWATA Arusha has enabled women in northern Tanzania involved in handicrafts making to get fair prices on their products by linking them to markets in Sweden. Photo: Amunga Eshuchi

Adequate housing: In Tanzania we work to give people living in poverty the opportunity to build decent houses for themselves. A job that involves mobilising the grassroots but also influencing decision makers at all levels.

Our work focuses on supporting people living in poverty to access financial services such as loans, saving and insurance at prices that are reasonable for them.

We Effect has been working in the country for more than 50 years and since 2017 we have our own staff in place in the country.

In Tanzania, We Effect runs the project Women and Youth Political Representation Enhanced (WYPRE) focusing on an inclusive political system for women and youth in the 2019 and 2020 elections in Tanzania. The project is funded by the European Union.

An important part of our human rights advocacy work in the country is made by our participation in the UPR procedure where the UN Human Rights Council examines countries human rights records.

Read more about our Partners and Programmes in Eastern Africa.

Uganda

Through our partner organisations in Uganda we work with agricultural development, adequate housing, women’s rights, gender equality and entrepreneurship for the youth. Our country office is based in Kampala.

Supporting the establishment of housing cooperatives to provide more people with a decent home is an important part of our work in the country. A job that involves mobilising at grassroots level but also driving the level of influence against decision makers at the national level. Together with our partners in Uganda we have filed a report on the human rights situation in Uganda to the UN Human Rights Council.

Ageness Oliao is a citrus farmer in Soroti, Uganda and a member of Teso Tropical Fruit Cooperative Union Limited (TEFCU). Photo: Edward Echwalu

An important part of our work is to offer people living in poverty, especially women and youth, access to financial products and services as savings, loans and insurances to give them the chance to set up businesses or make investments that improve their income and living conditions. In Uganda, we also work to offer insurance at a reasonable price to people living in poverty without social security networks.

In Uganda, we support farmers living in poverty with agricultural development that increases their productivity and fosters sustainable agricultural practices. This is done by supporting small-scale agricultural producers to develop a more competitive production and increase their food security. It’s about building resilient livelihoods of rural communities and promoting income generating activities, always with a focus on women. Changing the mindset on agribusiness among youth is also an important focus area.

Read more about our Partners and Programmes in Eastern Africa.