Africa Community Empowerment and Development Initiatives(ACEDI) was started by a group of professionals in 2009 in order to bring meaningful changes in the lives of the most marginalized group of society, pastoralists and other minorities, children and women who have no voices and are excluded from development, through research, advocacy and empowerment programmes. Its founders were encouraged by the African Union’s (AU) decisions as reflected in the preamble of the AU Constitutive Act, Article 3(a), (g) (h) (k), and Article 22 to engage CSOs in the development, strengthening, and operationalization of the AU at all levels; but particularly concerned about the ubiquitous capacity weaknesses of CSOs in attempts to partner with government in development programmes especially for indigenous civil society organization at the district and grassroots level.
ACEDI is an affirmative action organisation that promotes policies, programmes and practices that guarantee equal opportunities for all individuals so that they are empowered to achieve self sufficiency, independence and inclusion in all aspects of civil society. Guided by the power and principle of continually focusing on representing and serving ethnically diverse, poor rural communities ACEDI works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health, environmental and social needs of ethnically diverse rural marginalized communities. ACEDI focuses on meeting the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations. Vulnerable groups may include women, children, the elderly, the sick, the disabled, and minorities, among others. ACEDI strongly promotes women’s equal access to resources and their participation in managing those resources. The empowerment of women is an essential concern in all our programmes.
ACEDI therefore seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which citizens – men and women, irrespective of religion, ethnicity class or sexuality – have equal access to resources, to opportunities for development and to decision making processes that govern their life and determine their future. No doubt ACEDI is committed to marginalized people living in poverty in Africa and particularly Uganda. A sustainable improvement in their living conditions is the ultimate benchmark for the success of our work and efforts.