Combating extreme poverty

The FXB Village project in Naluko village aims to enable 80 vulnerable and HIV affected families (approximately 500 people) to achieve sustainable economic and social self-sufficiency. Beneficiaries will be provided with livelihood training and an in-kind grant to start an income-generating activity. The project includes the provision of nutritional support, access to water and medical care, together with a schooling program enabling out-of-school children to be educated and giving youths access to vocational training. It also aims to provide children and caregivers with psychosocial support, in the form of individual and group counselling.

The Swiss association François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB-International) was founded in 1989. Its mission is to fight poverty and AIDS by helping orphans and vulnerable children affected HIV/AIDS, and by strengthening the social and economic capacities of their families and communities. FXB International is active in Burundi, China, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, and Thailand.

 

Type

Health / Education / Environment / Community Development

Duration

December 2015 – 30 November 2018

Location

Naluko Village / Uganda

With whom

FXB International (Association François-Xavier Bagnoud)

Website

www.fxb.org/

Uganda

Population
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.