TUNADO participates in the Poster session for an interactive meeting with Oxfam International Executive Director- Hon. Winnie Byanyima.

On 28th July 2016, TUNADO represented by the Executive Director Mr. Biryomumaisho Dickson and the Communications Officer, Sarah Mugoya (Mrs.) together with a range of partners that Oxfam in Uganda works with like UWONET, CSBAG, SEATINI, ULA, CEFORD, PELUM, WORUDET,  among many others had an interactive meeting with the Oxfam International Executive Director and the Oxfam Uganda Country Director, Mr. Kemalingin Peter in which they had an opportunity to share experiences, achievements, lessons learnt and also provide inspirational examples in the implementation of Oxfam and partners’ work in the greater north of Uganda.
Mr. Biryomumaisho Dickson gave the Poster presentation for TUNADO on the Project titled “Strengthening the Apiculture Value Chain for improved Livelihoods in Uganda- SAIL-Uganda” implemented in 2015 in the districts of Kotido, Lira Nebbi, Arua, Maracha & Koboko in which he highlighted the outcomes of the SAIL-Uganda Project some of which are;
•    More women (1,162) skilled in beekeeping and now earning an income from their apiary enterprises
•    Increased financial access to beekeepers through Centenary Bank
•    The beekeeper to beekeeper extension model and the market pull approach adopted by other development partners
•    Increased market access of bee products through linkages of created trading hubs to on-ward high end buyers
 
The Oxfam International Executive Director, Hon. Winnie Byanyima was very impressed with the different pieces of work that TUNADO is doing to improve people's livelihoods in Uganda. On presenting the bigger issues for influencing policy and practice change such as engagement with government, private sector and other key stakeholders. She encouraged TUNADO to do more of self-regulation mechanisms other than always waiting for the Government. She similarly appreciated the great convening role Oxfam in Uganda is doing to bring the different partners, stakeholders like the private sector, academia and many others together towards a common goal.
Hon.Winnie Byanyima also challenged all partners to continue mobilizing the voices of the grassroots people and use all the evidence from their work to influence change.