In many remote areas, development arrives at a stage when further progress becomes dependant on larger infrastructure issues, such as roads, telecommunications and electric power. In Uganda, for example, only five percent of the population has access to electricity. Rural electrification and the creation of electricity-generating plants then become vital to progress.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its institutional predecessors have been working in Uganda for over 50 years. Over the past decade, AKDN has been expanding its activities in Uganda. AKDN’s activities in the country now extend from infrastructure development that is bringing electricity to the West Nile region to an early childhood education programme that assists poor communities create and maintain pre-schools. Its activities also include an economic development project that manufactures essential pharmaceuticals to an advanced nursing studies programme that provides professional career development and clinical training to nurses. In every endeavour, the aim is to help meet Uganda’s development needs with projects that are efficient, effective and which have a wide impact on the quality of life for citizens of the country.