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Rukungiri Gender and Development Association (RUGADA) was established in 1994. It is a registered rural-based Non-Government Organisation (NGO),non-profit making non-political charitable organisation with the mission to contribute to the improvement of the status of the less advantaged people of Rukungiri District. It is registered with the National Association of Women organisations of Uganda(NAWOU),Uganda Gender Resource Center, UWASNET .It is involved in the implementation several programs in Rukungiri District and surrounding districts.

Vision To have an enlightened, healthy and self-sustaining community.

Mission To contribute to the improvement of less advantaged people

Goal To contribute to increased capacities of the population to meet it’s social, economic and other development needs. 

The general objectives of RUGADA

  • • To promote gender in the social, economic, and political spheres in Rukungiri District.
  • • To promote savings and credit among the women and men of Rukungiri District and establishing a micro-credit scheme in the area.
  • • To create awareness on community’s own understanding of their rights through legal education, para-legal training, establishment of a legal aid clinic and advocate for transparency and accountability of leaders.
  • • To promote environmental protection through bio-diversity conservation, adaptation and mitigating of climate change, and improve the agricultural practices and ensure food security..
  • • Promote health through advocating for improved hygiene, sanitation, nutritional status combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and improving Reproductive health in the district.
  • • To provide maternal, child health services and holistic support to OVC to the community.
  • • To promote adult functional literacy, the girl child education and ICT.
  • • To carry out research on issues of development within the district.
  • • To network with CBOs and other NGOs in and outside the District. 

Guiding Principles and Core Values

The members of the organisation are driven by the following values and principles; Commitment to the women’s cause • Not scared to confront or address contentious issues

  • • Continuous relentless advocacy on women’s issues
  • • Projects specifically done for women
  • • Mobilization of members around women’s issues.
  • • Supportive (engendered) language Integrity, Accountability & transparency
  • • Unquestionable character
  • • Standing firm • Not being compromised
  • • To respect one another. Respect for each other & team work
  • • Giving chance to others
  • • Listening to others
  • • Keeping to issues and not attacking personalities.
  • • Non-use of abusive language 


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Rukungiri Gender and Development Association (RUGADA) was established in 1994. It is a registered rural-based Non-Government Organisation (NGO),non-profit making non-political charitable organisation with the mission to contribute to the improvement of the status of the less advantaged people of Rukungiri District. It is registered with the National Association of Women organisations of Uganda(NAWOU),Uganda Gender Resource Center, UWASNET .It is involved in the implementation several programs in Rukungiri District and surrounding districts.