Our core work is to carry out policy-oriented research and analysis focusing on eradication of poverty and more specifically chronic poverty. DRT has since 1997, worked with governments, multilateral organizations and NGOs to undertake specific policy oriented researches and analyses aimed at informing and influencing a wide range of issues including poverty reduction in Uganda and the East African Countries.

Our programmes of work are focused on poverty elimination and we have over the years built particular institutional expertise in research, analysis, interpretation and information dissemination about poverty and more specifically chronic poverty. DRT has also played a leading role in policy and programme influencing especially in the area of social protection.

Our works targets

Policy makers and implementers at different levels of governance, development partners and the Non-state actors: NGOs, Faith-based Organisations, Private sector and the Citizens.

Where we work?

DRT has consistently carried out research on long-term and extreme poverty and vulnerability in Uganda and in other parts in the East African region. We have been variously recognized as fore-runners in providing high quality poverty research and analysis and our work is undertaken at specified locations at national and local levels, while our policy engagement efforts are focusing at sub-national, national and Eastern Africa regional levels.

The usefulness of DRT’s work in informing development processes can be traced in specific processes outlined in the next section.

Our strategies of work

They include
1. Action research and Policy analysis,
2. Policy engagement,
3. Skills training and institutional support,
4. Publication and information sharing

Action research

DRT has developed extensive capacity and experience in both conventional and current participatory research approaches. DRT identifies issues where data and information is required to inform specific decision-making processes and carries out research in communities that are directly affected. Coupled with the research experiences, we undertake rigorous analysis of policies and programme to derive meaningful conclusions and recommendations.

Policy analysis for policy change

DRT undertakes and provides policy analysis targeted for policy making and other purposes (such as advocacy, academic research and capacity building) of other CSOs and Government institutions.

Skills training and institutional support

DRT is involved in building technical and institutional capacity within DRT and amongst partner organisations to develop skills and technical capacity in identifying and analysing social economic and policy issues that affect the well being of majority of people in Uganda and the East African region. Our areas of expertise is in enhancing knowledge and skills in poverty and vulnerability analysis, poverty monitoring, participatory planning, understanding of social protection measures as one of the interventions for addressing extreme vulnerabilities and risks.

DRT will continue its work by:

i) Building skills and knowledge participatory poverty and vulnerability assessments;
ii) Raising public awareness on increased civic participation in planning, resource tracking and poverty monitoring.
iii) Building knowledge and analytical skills on AID flow systems and processes, national and local government budget making and implementation processes, and how these impact on livelihood opportunities of poorest persons.
iv) Providing support on institutional development issues such as strategic planning, mid-term and end of term project and programme evaluations.
v) Skills training for DRT staff and partners in understanding and analyzing economic policy issues and processes at national, regional and international levels; AID flow systems and processes, national and local government budget making and implementation processes among others.

Engagement

DRT does and will to a limited extent and under specified circumstances be actively involved in full blown policy engagement.

Publications and information sharing

DRT is committed to producing credible evidence-based policy analysis. These outputs are meant to inform the public and policy makers. Through this initiative at national, regional and global learning and sharing, we have developed our internal technical capacity in producing high quality publications that have been reliably used in policy discussions, further research and capacity building work by both state and non-state institutions.DRT           will continue with this approach by:
i) Publishing and disseminating research reports, policy briefs, annual reports, information, education and communications materials. .
ii) Regularly uploading new information on our website.
iii) Creating spaces at local levels for sharing vital information with communities.
iv) Strengthen working relationships with the media for increased public awareness and development journalism