We met Daniel at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2016. He was a young delegate representing Uganda and a determined activist to make a contribution every step of his way in working towards better community development. In 2018 he returned to the winter Youth Assembly with his community development initiative which focuses on supporting young women and girls in local capacity building and skill development for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in rural communities of Uganda which was recognized as one of the best community projects at the event. SciencePolicy Circle talked to him to find out more about his work.
Hello Daniel, could you give a brief introduction of yourself to our audience?
My name is Daniel Sebugwawo, I am 28 years a Ugandan. I am passionate about community development and I founded Suubi Community Development Organization, I use teach and human rights education as a tool to empower women from poor and rural communities of Uganda to be empowered to fight gender based violence , discrimination and poverty
We met in 2016 Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Daniel, How did you implement your thoughts during last two years?
After the 2016 winter youth Assembly I was exposed to the sustainable development goals and become particularly interested in goal 1 and 5, that’s when I founded and register Suubi Community Development Organization. My goal was to focus on sustainable development goal 1 and 5 by combining human rights education, training young girls and women in tech skills and entrepreneurship skills.
What is the innovative story you presented to the Youth Assembly in 2018?
To support Young women and girls in local capacity building and skill development for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in rural communities of Uganda, offering a collaborative environment for training, mentorship and knowledge sharing in order to drive community social, economic development.
How does it benefit your local community?
Our training of girls that have dropped out of school gives these girls a chance at a better life as they are equipped with ICT and entrepreneurship skills, after the course they can go out and find tech related jobs or create jobs for themselves. this has given girls that had no hope for a better future a chance to think and believe that they can do something for themselves, during the training we tackle issues that they face like lack of self-esteem, thinking they are below others, and encourage them that they are as good as those that have had a proper education and can even do better. This way they are encouraged to think for themselves and want better living conditions, taking them away from thinking the only way to find money is prostitution or finding a man to marry them (later domestic violence) or deaths due to abuse. We change their thinking through these trainings, give them hope and a longing to do better for themselves. We host hackathons to encourage them to be creative by giving specific themes to think around so that they can create their own startups which will even help their communities.
How are you going to improve it to fit the future requirements/ to meet your targets?
We want to build partnerships with similar women organizations that could benefit from our work and us benefiting from theirs because we want to create community chapters so that our mission is owned by the people and its lead by them. We are focused on project setup majoring on building partnerships and relations among communities where we will be working. In two years we want to have trained over 250 women and girls in ICT skills and entrepreneurship, our goal is to have 90% of all our trainees’ start small business and find decent jobs.
What are the challenges you see during the implementation of your work? Do you see ant emerging issues in the field related to your work?
Our challenges are laying in the area of consistency with our trainees. We believe to train 50 girls and women every after a period of 3 months, we project that follow up and evaluation of the effectiveness of the training might seem complicated since we will recruited both from urban centers and rural communities , we also project difficulties in mobilizing extra resources to complement our surplus in the budget.