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AFPFANNUAL REPORT February 1, 2013

Letter from the Chair

Please give our friends in America our greetings, and tell them Thank you so much! This is what people in rural Uganda often say when I visit URDT and ARU. It is my privilege to extend to you their gratitude, along with thanks from the board and staff of African Food and Peace Foundation. To our African friends whose work is our focal point, we say: Thank you for perspective, lessons, and inspiration from a different culture about our common quests for health, prosperity, freedom, peace and happiness. I think of an experience from my village visit (photo right) in March, 2011, arranged by staff from African Rural University and URDT Girls School. They were showing us some results of their collaborative, two-generation approach, fusing education with development projects led by the people in their communities. A group of women and men had just had a Savings and Credit meeting when we arrived for our Back Home Project visit. This mother (in red and gold) told us the story of how she had been homeless and hopeless when her daughter came to her and insisted she wanted to go to URDT Girls School. After much persuasion from the girl, the mother gave her own (only) mattress to her daughter so she could enroll. At the rst parent workshop, they were asked to draw their vision. The mother said, I have no vision and no hope. Then, the daughter said, We could draw a house. We want a house. The mother ended her story to us by saying, Now we have our house. At another meeting that I was privileged to attend, an international group of proponents for land reform were gathered to learn from local women about URDTs creative approach to the challenging issue of land ownership. This is when I heard visiting development professionals speak about how lucky the people of Kibaale District are to have URDT and ARU. It is rare, and very important to development, for the local people to be supported in their work by enduring institutional presences like URDT and ARU, providing ongoing resources for education, communications, and collaborations. Together with you our donors and friends we are providing a synergistic context for discoveries and achievements in African-led rural development. Thank you for being part of the ongoing story. With deep gratitude, Martha Dolben AFPF Executive Director

Members Martha Dolben and Patty Seybold at an ARU Council meeting

History of AFPF
In 1981 African Food and Peace Foundation (AFPF) was founded out of a desire to support signicant, long-term development in rural Uganda through partnering with local Ugandan initiatives. In 1987, that partnership gave birth to Uganda Rural Development & Training Program (URDT). At AFPF, our bonds with our African partners continue to strengthen, as we facilitate the powerful URDT was founded to address serious aws in ties between our supporters in America and our development programs. Their new approach friends in Uganda. brought together a unique combination of education and self-generated development initiatives. The But our work is far from nished. Innovative intent was to empower marginalized people, development cannot remain stagnant, and URDT especially rural women, equipping them to generate continues to scale up its initiatives in gender equality, and sustain lasting development. education, agribusiness, appropriate technologies, health and good governance. Though much has Since those early experimental days, URDT has been achieved, signicant challenges remain for applied and tested a rural development strategy women and their communities. APFP afrms our based on the principles of the creative process and commitment to our partners as they continue to systems thinking. expand their reach, and to drive the development of Uganda. Employing these principles, AFPF has taken enormous steps forward, aiding URDT as its impact grows in both reach and depth. URDTs impact includes the creation of effective vocational training for entrepreneurial young men and women, an award winning girls school employing a visionary two-generation approach, an educational community radio station that reaches a million listeners, and the founding of African Rural University (ARU), the rst African all-women university specializing in rural development.

The African Food and Peace Foundation is a US 501c3 non-profit organization. The AFPF Board, Staff and Volunteers support URDT and ARU through fundraising, training, education, research and development, and networking.

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2011 Activities/Highlights
Several AFPF Board members and other friends visited the Ugandan campus of URDT and ARU in 2011: Martha Dolben, Chair of the AFPF Board, and guest Barbara Stimson, worked with and visited ARU students in the eld in March 2011. Patricia Seybold, member of the ARU Council, participated in an ARU Council meeting on campus in April 2011. Kristen Levine, a teacher at the San Domenico School in California, and her daughter Sydney, spent time at the URDT Girls School. A few years ago Sydney raised money to build two greenhouses as part of the URDT Demonstration Farm and she visited the working greenhouses this year. Kristen and Sydney were so impressed with what they saw and learned that Kristen decided to try to organize a trip for other students from her school in 2012.
One of the vehicles purchased for URDT.

AFPF hosted the CEO of URDT, Mwalimu Musheshe in August and September for knee replacement surgery. Many Board members and volunteers were able to spend time with him and to hear more stories and challenges about the work in Uganda. AFPF Board member, Susan Warshauer, after spending more than a year in Uganda as the Vice Chancellor of African Rural University, handed over the responsibilities of that ofce to Dr. Denis OkelloAtwaru. AFPF hosted two fund raising events including a spring wine tasting and a November dinner.

Kristen and Sydney Levine at URDT.

Here in the US, Samantha Van Putten, a student at the University of Richmond, interned at AFPF in the spring and summer, working on the administrative systems and fund raising events. AFPF ran a highly successful spring vehicle campaign in answer to the identied need for transport at URDT. Money was raised and two land cruisers and a van were procured for use in Uganda.

Hand-over of Ofce of Vice Chancellor.

A look at 2011s Numbers

African Food & Peace Foundation (AFPF) is a North American organization supporting the work of the Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) and the institutions they have founded, including African Rural University (ARU). With the accreditation of African Rural University in 2011, we are presenting key nancial data for ARU separately from URDT for the rst time. Through the generosity of North American supporters in 2011, AFPF was able to provide an increase in the grants made to both URDT and ARU this scal year. Revenue for 2011 to AFPF was up by 37% over 2010, and assets carried forward allowed us to add part-time fundraising and administrative support for our growing operations.

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URDT and ARU Sources of Funds

URDT and, now, ARU receive funds from other areas of the world, but AFPF remains the largest single contributor to each organization. The $363,500 in grants to URDT and ARU in 2011 are reected in the following charts showing sources of income for each organization. Each organization received approximately $180,000 from AFPF.

In addition to grants and donations, each organization generates revenue. URDT-run businesses generated local income of $280,916, somewhat less than in 2010, representing approximately 28% of its revenue. The largest contributors within locally-generated income were canteen and catering services, media services, the maize mill, and produce from the demo farm. With modest enrollment in its inaugural year, ARU fee/other income represented less than 2% of its revenue in 2011. This is expected to rise in subsequent years.

Uses of Funds

Both organizations set strategic goals and allocated funds to reect the priorities of their operations. The following charts describe how available funds were applied to key initiatives during 2011. Each organization worked within its budget and was able to carry funds into 2012.

In its rst year, ARUs funds were heavily weighted toward the development of the physical plant and operational infrastructure.

The funds raised by AFPF directly support the activities of URDT and ARU. Highlights of 2011 for both institutions speak to the impact of their work.

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Leading a Village Meeting


extracted from the audited URDT Fund Accountability Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2011

The Uganda Rural Development and Training program (URDT) was founded to address the missing link in development programs: the merger of truly functional education and training with rural development interventions, to empower marginalized people living in rural communities. Since 1987, URDT has been working with rural people, in particular women and youth, to help them create their own prosperity, peace, health, happiness and freedom. URDT has evolved, applied, and tested a rural development methodology based on the principles of the creative process and systems thinking. This methodology enables individuals and villages/communities to; identify their needs and aspirations, identify locally available resources before looking for outside aid, and to become the creators of the future they want. Rural development requires a resource base of people who act as catalysts, subject matter specialists, and energizers, to work alongside marginalized communities to make change happen. Such people are popularly known as change agents or development specialists. To that effect, URDT: 1. creates formal innovative educational institutions that train young people to perform transformational roles in their homes and communities based on the URDT model 2. offers extension services to develop a critical mass of rural entrepreneurs 3. manages a community radio station to raise consciousness, shift mindsets, and heighten commitment to fundamental changes in thinking and action 4. develops the capacity of civil society organizations for greater impact

Girls School The URDT Girls School uses the 2 generation approach to help students and their parents learn together, develop shared visions for their homes, analyze their current situations, apply systems thinking , plan together and learn new skills. By the end of 2011, the Girls School had 252 students, 148 in secondary and 104 in primary sections. Institute The Institute trains young men and women in Student in class. leadership, vocational and technical skills including construction, metal work, mechanics, carpentry, appropriate technologies, and tool refurbishing, through long and short term courses, seminars and workshops. The curriculum gives students hands-on training that allows them to be self-employed. In 2011, 17 students completed a 2-year course and five sat for national examinations in the areas of building and construction and metal and mechanics. The Institute ran a 3 month vocational and leadership skills program for 200 youth from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The program prepared the youth for self-employment as an effort to combat widespread unemployment of youth in Learning Carpentry Skills. Kampala. The program was offered in conjunction with the Ugandan government, as a pilot for future work. The Institute also trained and graduated 15 trainers representing Vocational Training Institutions from Western and Central Uganda. The participants were given skills in the repair and maintenance of sewing and knitting machines. The training started in 2009 and lasted for a period of 3 years. From this training URDT participated in the development of training modules that will be rolled out in other institutions. URDT Institute received an award for best practices in supporting youth livelihood in Uganda. The Tumaini awards are organized by the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse & Neglect (ANPPCAN, Uganda Chapter), Child Fund, Compassion International, Save the Children Uganda, the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN) and World Vision Uganda as a way of recognizing and honoring individuals, organization and businesses working to improve the lives of children in Uganda. Demonstration Homestead 2035, built by
Institute Students.

Mini-Estates URDT implemented an ongoing project under the Mini Estates pilot in Kibaale District. The objective of the project was to transform the agricultural sector from subsistence to commercial market oriented production using public private partnerships and investments. Farmers groups were trained in post harvest handling and bulking, resource mobilization, business start-up and management, negotiation skills, contract farming, warehouse receipt systems, marketing and ways to improve their quality and productivity. KKCR Community Radio The radio mobilizes and trains rural listeners and enhances dialogues on prosperity enhancement issues. In 2011, KKCR continued to broadcast educational programs 18 hours a day to over 1 million listeners in 10 districts in Western Uganda. BBC Trust funded capacity building and the Iraka Lyawe (your voice) program. This enhanced accountability and interaction between the local leaders and their electorate.

Mwalimu Musheshe on air on KKCR.

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ARU Facilities.


extracted from the audited ARU Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2011

African Rural University (ARU), founded by Uganda Rural Development and Training Program (URDT), is focused on providing women with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to be effective rural development specialists and change agents. ARU has brought to higher education, methodologies that URDT, over 20 years , has developed and proven to be effective. ARU Graduates will be able to help people improve their lives and transform their communities. The African Rural University draws students from all socio-economic levels of society. The curriculum is highly contextual, and students master a wide range of skills that allow them to effectively conduct community development planning. By providing a university experience to a marginalized group, by focusing on how to be effective as rural development professionals, by involving students extensively in service-learning experiences, and by drawing on a wealth of traditional wisdom specialists, ARU is one example of the kind of relevant higher education necessary and possible in Uganda. African Rural University (ARU) was accredited by the National Council for Higher Education of Uganda (NCHE) on the 23rd of March, 2011 and given provinsional license No. UI.PL.017


African Rural University occupies a unique position among universities in Uganda. It encompasses theoretical learning, innovative instruction, and eld practice to enable ARU graduates to create the conditions for people to improve their own lives, transform their communities, awaken inherent leadership and increase their capacity for self-generating and sustainable change. During 2011 the curriculum was launched in the academic discipline of Technologies for Rural Transformation. Commencement and Launch of BS in Technologies for Rural Transformation and Admissions Seventeen ARU students successfully completed the pilot program in Technologies for Rural Transformation. The researcher/ students helped cocreate the curriculum with the Faculty and Staff of ARU. Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe presided over the graduation ceremony on behalf of the Chancellor Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi on September 30, 2011. The Honorary Degree awards were provided by Unity College, Maine, in collaboration with African Rural University. With its accreditation from the National Council for Higher Education of Uganda (NCHE) on March 23, 2011, ARU admitted ten new students for Bachelors of Science in Rural Technologies for the academic year beginning in September 2011.

Members of ARU pilot class receive certicates.

Research The University has embarked on a two-year action research study under the Ford Foundation Funded Capacity Enhancement for Natural Assets Management (CENAM) Project. The objective of the research study is to increase secondary school student awareness and consciousness of land rights and livelihood. A baseline survey to establish knowledge levels among secondary school children was carried out using Kibaale District, where URDT and ARU are located, as a case. The ndings will be used in collaboration with the National Curriculum Development Center, and other key stakeholders, to draft a curriculum proposal for integration into the nationwide Secondary Schools Curriculum review in 2012. Networking and Collaboration As a new university, ARU is working to become known and connected with other universities. The University Staff and ofcials embarked on a vigorous publicity drive through local radio stations in Western, Northern and Southern Uganda. ARU participating in the National Council for Higher Education Fifth Exhibition held September 23-25, 2011. The certicate of participation was handed to Ms. Jacqueline Akello the University Secretary on behalf of ARU University by the Hon. Minister of Education Jessica Alupo. The Vice Chancellor attended the Vice Chancellor Forum at Kampala University. Member of the University Council Professor J.B. Kwesiga, University Secretary Ms. Jacqueline Akello, and the Vice Chancellor Professor D. Okello Atwaru attended the graduation ceremony of Kabale University. Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs attended a workshop on quality assurance organized by NCHE (Quality Assurance Forum). Appointments and Handover Four new staff members were appointed in October 2011 including the Vice Chancellor Prof. D. Okello Atwaru and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Professor. D. K. Atim. Dr. Susan Warshauer handed over the ofce of the Vice Chancellor to Professor D. Okello Atwaru in December 2011.

New VC and DVC acclimate to ARU.


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Martha Dolben, Chair and Executive Director Martha has been Executive Director and Chair of African Food & Peace Foundation since 1997. She was rst associated with AFPF in the 1980s, when she was a Board Member supporting the work of Uganda Rural Development and Training Program in its earliest days. Martha served as a founding member of the African Rural University Council. She is an educator and poet working with womens circles to advance personal agency, friendship, and fruitful conversation on all manner of subjects. !"#$%&'($#)*%+,$")-,$, Jane joined the AFPF Board as the Treasurer. Jane retired several years ago from the banking industry, where she focused on delivery automation.! She works with a number of non-prot organizations, including a twelve-year involvement with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic).! .,')/$#%0$('#$ Kristen rst became involved with AFPF in 2007 when her then 12-year-old daughter Sydney Levine raised funds to build a greenhouse on the URDT campus. Kristen teaches Social Justice, Global Studies, and Ethics at San Domenico High School in Marin County California. Judy Murdock, Secretary of the Board Judy has been involved with AFPF since 1981 when she began working with Silvana Veltcamp.! Judy is a long-time Board Member and has been Secretary since 2005. She has been the Ofce Manager for Circle Furniture for 16 years. Bryan Smith, Board Member Bryan joined the AFPF Board in 2005. He has been involved in the facilitation of systems thinking and shared visioning programs at the URDT campus in Kagadi with both staff and students. He was a founding member of the ARU Council. With Peter Senge, he is a co-author of four bestselling books: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994); The Dance of Change (1999); Schools that Learn (2000, 2012) and The Necessary Revolution (2010). All four books are full of practical tools and experience from his in-depth work helping organizations create sustainable change. Michael Stacy, Board Member Mike joined the AFPF Board in 2005 and visited the URDT campus that same year. Mike is the CEO of ID90 Technologies providing airlines with a non-revenue travel solution that reduces their costs and improves the employee experience. Mike has been the CEO or President of a number of successful rms in the travel industry.


Cindy Thomashow, Board Member Cindy joined the AFPF Board in 2009. Cindy and her husband, Mitch, who was then President of Unity College, arranged for honorary certicates of completion for! the researcher /students who helped create the ARU curriculum, and for an honorary doctoral degree in Environmental Policy and Management for Mwalimu Musheshe, the CEO of URDT.!Cindy is the Education and Professional Development Manager for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.! Samantha van Putten, Board Member With a passion for education and development in Africa, Samantha joined the board in 2011 after spending the summer working as an AFPF intern. She is studying business at the University of Richmond, and will graduate in 2013. Susan Warshauer, Board Member Susan joined the AFPF Board in 2009 and by the summer of that year she was living in Uganda as the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of African Rural University. She worked with the Ugandan team to gain licensure for ARU from the National Council of Higher Education in Uganda. As a Social Psychologist, Susan has a long career dedicated to helping prot and non-prot organizations develop their leadership, and has a special interest in womens issues and education. Joel Yanowitz, Board Member Joel joined the AFPF Board in 1985 and has contributed extensively to building the intellectual capital resident in the unique URDT integrated systemic approach to development. A co-founder of Innovation Associates, he has over 30 years experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges. He is a highly recognized advisor to senior executives and entrepreneurs who need help accelerating the rate of growth and innovation in their organizations.

Angela Christiana, Director of Operations Angela began at AFPF in October 2011 working in fund raising, communications and operations. !She served on the board of Coro Allegro for 3 years, rst as Annual Fund Chair, then as Development Director. ! Her educational and professional background is in classical vocal music performance and cognitive science, but after starting a family, she realized that she wanted to use her life to serve the needs of others more directly. ! Julia Pettengill, Director of Development Julia !joined the!AFPF team!!in January 2010. Julia was motivated to work in African rural development initiatives by her upbringing in rural Zambia, Zimbabwe and later South Africa.!Her post- graduate work both in South Africa and the US has been focused on literacy and language studies.!Her experience in other developmental agencies, including FAO and GTZ, have contributed to her commitment and passion for women's education and leadership in rural Africa.


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