DFID’s NU-TEC programme aims to increase the incomes and climate resilience of men and women in Northern Uganda by stimulating sustainable, pro-poor growth in agricultural markets.
People with disabilities face social and economic marginalisation, despite making up a significant proportion of the population of Northern Uganda.
Access to markets is critical for their economic inclusion.
With the increasing focus on inclusion in development programming, DFID and Palladium sought to conduct research into strategies for better engagement of PWDs in NU-TEC activities.
Montrose technical personnel and national researchers conducted research with PWDs and other stakeholders, exploring social and economic inclusion as well as barriers and opportunities in selected markets.
The findings were used to develop strategies and approaches to address the economic development needs of different impairment groups, as well as being sensitive to gender disparities.
Montrose contributed to the market systems development component of the programme, led by Palladium.
Our work aimed to enable the project team to improve its understanding of the markets, and engage more rigorously with businesses.
During Montrose’s research, the design of the project improved by moving away from a narrow commodity-based focus towards cross-cutting and more diverse markets.
The expected impacts of the project are:
Improved incomes for 197,500 households – 300,000 adults and 600,000 children.
A 15% increase in household cash income derived from agriculture.
331,150 direct beneficiaries with improved resilience to climate change, of whom at least 35% are women.