I am honored to present to you our 2012 annual report, as DRT marked 15 years of contributing to poverty reduction through action research. The report gives insights about DRT for the last 15 years with specific highlights drawn from experiences of the year 2012. DRT continued to service a cross-section of people in Uganda and East Africa and worked with different stakeholders both local and international as we strived to realize our strategic goal of influencing the adoption of evidence based pro-poor policies that contribute to the reduction of the number of people living in chronic poverty.

Under her four thematic areas, DRT participated in a series of activities – ranging from undertaking action-research on selected topics, to building technical and institutional capacity of local NGOs to strengthen their programming and engagement on pro poorest development interventions. With support from partners, we released two reports; 1) ‘What works for the poor’, a governance study on local government systems and delivery of two public goods – Maternal Health and Water and Sanitation.

The study was conducted in Masaka and Rakai between 2010 and 2011, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) under a research programme titled ‘the African Power and Politics Program (APPP).

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