Back ground

Uganda Rural Development and Training (URDT) Institute is a vocational training institution based in Kagadi District. It was established in 1993 to train in vocational skills and youth leadership development using the Visionary Approach. This leads to a critical mass of all-round male and female young entrepreneurs who have integrity and the capacity to improve their economic situation, become responsible citizens, and contribute to the national development agenda. The institute is registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports as a Vocational Training Institution, Certificate number MOES / BTVET. 075.

This document is the Project Implementation Manual (PIM). The project documents have been studied to extract key information for the PIM and this is the basic tool for the Young Africa Works Uganda project at URDT Institute. An understanding of what the PIM does and how to use it, the confidence to implement is what is needed to start producing dignified and fulfilling work opportunities.

The purpose of this PIM is to explain the implementation process and reporting requirements of URDT Institute and the project funder; MasterCard Foundation to ensure effective and efficient system and procedures guiding the implementation of this project. The document will also be used for reference purposes. It provides implementation requirements and step by step guidance to implementers at URDT Institute and the strategic collaborators contributing to the attainment of the desired results and the overall success of the project.

Please note that the PIM is subject to revisions by URDT Institute as deemed necessary. URDT Institute will engage and inform all strategic collaborators of any revisions and the latest version will always be made available to key parties.

The URDT Institute overall riding philosophy, mission and vision are based on the foundation of the mother institution Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) presented below;


Visionary approach using the creative process.

URDT believes that:

  1. Using the creative rather than the responsive orientation in the development process can bring about lasting change. In the latter, people react or adapt to circumstances. Often, the level of emotions determine action. On the other hand, in the creative orientation, the aspirations or visions one holds are motivating force behind change; people create their own circumstances through consciously taking action to realize that which truly matters to them.
  2. In the context of popular participation, URDT mobilizes people at the individual or collective levels to look at what they want to create for themselves, analyze the processes, think through the processes which will enable them to attain their goals and commit themselves to work together irrespective of their differences and to evaluate the impact of their actions.

Organizational Vision

A learning organization and centre for reflection and development that has participatory and interactive professional management that also enhances support from communities, volunteers, professionals, donors, government and partners. It has creative, committed and technically competent staff. It delivers quality training in humanities, social sciences, development studies and artisanship for community members, leaders of voluntary organizations, government staff and other development practitioners. It creates and offers extension services, modern rural communication facilities, mediation and operates resource centres for information exchange and learning. It has a firm support/resource base both within and without the organization.

Societal Vision

Our vision for Uganda is buttressed in the African saying “You are because I am and since you are, I am”. This vision for Uganda is captured in the three critical areas below:

Heritage: Abundant natural resources including prised minerals, water, forest products, genetic potential, hydrocarbon fuels and the potential for solar energy. Above all, its people – intelligent, resilient, ready to transform their lot. When these are well harnessed and distributed, Uganda becomes a social and economic giant.

Culture: Very rich in creativity – poetry, drama, music, dance, philosophy; food, dress, the traditional hospitality of the extended family. People with the same language separated by arbitrarily set national boarders can share alike. Now crossing of food to the tribe’s person across the border is called smuggling and is punishable by law. The time-tested methods of conflict resolution, societal management, social cohesiveness, spirituality and respect for Mother Nature are in place. Uganda is a country of hope and social revival and creativity in creating a new world order.

Aspirations: equal opportunities – access by all to education, health services, justice and security, peace, freedom (including movement, by whom ad how to be enlightened), prosperity and comradeship across the continent. Uganda has enlightened, active people participating as equal partners in global events.


Enable the people of Uganda to recognize and embody common vision, values and work together to create for themselves peace, prosperity, freedom, health and happiness as they discover that they are key to their own development. In addition, tap the innate power and wisdom of the people to create an environment that fosters personal and communal growth.

To cultivate the spirit of self-reliance to build integrated training, education and information sharing in development activities and using local and available resources and technologies as an example of what is possible for national development.

To enable the people to recognize and utilize the interrelationship between development concerns in health, nutrition, sanitation, agriculture, water management, rural technologies, income generation and environment so that they have a holistic approach to their development.

Working Premises/principles

URDT’s development interventions are based on the following premises:

  1. The people of Uganda, like all people of the world, are a key to their own development.
  2. People have innate power and wisdom which they can tap to transform the quality of their life and that of their communities.
  3. Lasting change comes only as people shift from reacting to circumstances to being creators of their own desired circumstances.
  4. Training, education and information sharing are integral components in development as gained knowledge allows people to meet their exigencies of rural life.
  5. People with common vision can transcend traditional barriers caused by tribal, religious, gender and political differences and work together to achieve their common goals.

The above philosophy, vision and mission guide the URDT Institute vision and mission given below: URDT Institute Vision A center for transformation, excellence and development that integrates skills and knowledge which enhance professionalism. URDT Institute Mission To provide rural people with mental tools and practical skills needed to become productive members of their communities and fulfill their aspirations


In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Uganda Strategy, URDT Institute is aiming at skilling 70,000 young women and men with market-relevant vocational, technical, soft and employable skills and enable them to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2025. This target includes 49,000 young women (70%), 21,000 young refugees (30%), and 3,500 (5%) young people living with disabilities between 15 – 35 years of age. The overriding goal of this intervention is to enable young women and men to improve the quality of their lives during and after training. A total of 56,000 (80%) of graduates will create enterprises while 14,000 (20%) will be linked to dignified and fulfilling work with each graduate earning at least $ 1,000 annually.