AMREF’s Katine project has won the Business in the Community (BITC) Coffey International Example of Excellence award.
Supported by the Department for International Development, the Coffey International Award recognises companies who have shown innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to one or more of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Together with Barclays and The Guardian, AMREF in the UK and AMREF in Uganda launched the project in 2007 to improve education, health, livelihoods, and sanitation in the village of Katine, a 25,000-strong community in north-eastern Uganda which has suffered civil war, drought and extreme poverty.
Charles Duff, Chairman of the International Award judging panel believed Katine showcased a strong partnership to effectively addressing the MDGs, lessons learnt which could be rolled out to other parts of Africa:
"It is easy to see that the work through this partnership has great potential for being scaled up and is replicable in other communities in Africa and beyond. Bringing together inclusive financial products and the power of the media with the expertise of an NGO is something very exciting."
"By engaging the community from the start, we have ensured sustainability has been built into every level. It's an approach we hope will ensure continued progress towards the MDGs long into the future." -Grace Mukasa, Chief Executive, AMREF UK
Grace Mukasa, Chief Executive of AMREF in the UK said:
"By engaging the community from the start, we have ensured sustainability has been built into every level. It's an approach we hope will ensure continued progress towards the MDGs long into the future."