In the spotlight September 2019: GOAL Uganda
GOAL Uganda is a humanitarian organisation that emphasises building community resilience and socio-economic development. Their focus lies in improving the lives of disadvantaged communities as demonstrated by their first activities in 1979, in response to the famine in Northern Uganda.
GOAL was one of the first members of the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and first-ever to commit to becoming more disability inclusive as an organization as well as within their programs. A baseline DISC (Disability Inclusion Scorecard) has already been conducted, an action plan developed and being followed through supportive monitoring visits.
One of the pilot programs on disability inclusion being implemented by GOAL is DYNAMIC – (Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise) – a five-year program (August 2015-July 2020) implemented in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation (MCF) focused on improving the employment, self-employment, income and resilience of more than 125,000 out-of-school youth aged 15-24 engaging in agriculture and animal industry in the Agago, Gulu, Kaabong, Kitgum, Lamwo, Lira, Omoro and Pader Districts of Northern Uganda. GOAL leads a consortium of partners implementing the program, including Mercy Corps, Restless Development and VSO, and is the technical lead for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). Over 4500 youth with various types of impairments have been included in GOAL programs to date.
In May 2019, GOAL took on a Logistics and Administration intern with a physical impairment under our Internship Program who has since been awarded a new contact.
We commend GOAL for the continuous and ever-growing commitment to disability inclusion and look forward to future engagements.