Foundation for Sustainable Community Based Development (FSD Jinja-Uganda) supports communities in achieving their goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Uganda.
VISION: FSD Jinja-Uganda envisions a world where all people have the opportunity and capacity to direct economic, social, and environmental resources toward sustainable outcomes that improve lives and communities.
MISSION: Empower under-served communities with sustainable solutions, while training future leaders in grassroots development strategies.
Support communities to achieve community-driven development goals through global learning exchange by fostering structured volunteer and internship opportunities with NGOs and CBOs in Uganda.
Link development practitioners and students to communities to learn and gain hands-on experience in supporting community based development while fostering positive community outcomes.
Raise awareness of social economic challenges in Uganda and support communities, students and volunteers to gain skills of finding solutions to community based development issues in both local and cross-cultural context
Build a network of development students, professionals, persons and institutions to advocate for the promotion of community-based development.
Prioritizes the Asset based approach to development work: We begin by listening to the priorities set by our community-based partners. We then identify and utilize existing assets and capacity to address those priorities.
Build Capacity: We strengthen the skills, competencies, and abilities of the leaders at our community-based partners and of our student and professional volunteers to amicably work together for a common good. Our program is structured and tailored to ethical development principles; Program participants are oriented on the culture, language, and local concerns; and are trained in basic development technical skills of community assessment, program design and management, monitoring and evaluation and project reporting. Community members are oriented in skills of supporting volunteers and Interns and trained in best practices of doing development work.
Promote community ownership: We partner with leaders, organizations, and stakeholders committed to change, action, and social justice. We stress community ownership and participation before launching initiatives.
Emphasize learning and Reflections: We emphasize the application of critical thinking for the volunteers and interns as a way to understand the logical connections between ideas, theory and practice of change, action, and social justice. We support continuous reflections on technical and cross-cultural experiences and their implications to both personal and community growth. We share our experiences and learning about the complexities of development with friends, family, and colleagues. We promote cultural exchange and sensitivity, encouraging a reflective approach to navigating cross-cultural issues, confusions, and tensions.
Generate enduring results and impact: We ensure the outcomes of our support have long-lasting benefits for the community partners, program participants, the Interns and Volunteers by using effective and appropriate participatory approaches so that our initiatives outlast our involvement.
Lobby and advocate for development: We relentlessly build a network of students, professionals, and passionate development advocates and community partners to advocate and lobby for the advancement of professional learning in the context of promoting community-based development.
Promote Reciprocity: We operate on our founding principle that producing strong community outcomes and impacting participants with trans-formative learning experience must be the priority. We bring together communities and development participants to building the understanding and inter-cultural relationships as a foundation for a stronger social and developmental agenda. We base all partnerships, strategies, and decisions on the Fair Trade Learning concept that we must be ethical and reciprocal in our planning, implementation, and outcomes.