Accelerating socio-economic development

Following Raising the Village’s (RTV) holistic model, the project aims to increase household incomes, facilitate civic engagement and accelerate socio-economic development in ten villages from the District.  More specifically, villagers will adopt improved agricultural practices at household level and improved water and sanitation practices. Other activities include diversifying household agriculture for consumption and sale, developing household assets through provision of the small livestock and training in basic financial literacy at household level. Improved access to healthcare and water are also included in the project. Over the two years, support and follow-up from RTV decreases as communities take ownership of project components.

The NGO: Raising the Village (RTV) is a Canadian charity founded in 2012. It aims to provide assistance to smallholder families in last-mile rural Ugandan villages to help them address the key barriers affecting their socio-economic development.




Health / Education / Environment / Community Development


December 2018 – June 2021


Kanungu District / Uganda

With whom

Raising The Village (RTV)



42.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 600/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
21% (2016)

Literacy rate
70% (2016)

Human Development Index
162nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Uganda’s economy has continued to post strong growth, by many developing country standards. It nevertheless remains a very poor country and far from the middle-income status it aspires to. Although the poverty rate has greatly declined from 39% in 2002 to 19% in 2012, the strong population growth has meant that the absolute number of poor people has remained the same. One in three children has no food to eat during the school day and 27% of children under five are stunted. Agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and employs 77% of the adult population. However, the productivity of smallholder farmers remains low due to lack of access to services such as credit and insurance and reliance on traditional farming methods.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.