Our core work is to carry out policy-oriented research and analysis focusing on eradication of poverty and more specifically chronic poverty.

Development Research and Training (DRT) is a local Ugandan based development organisation that conducts policy research and analysis to inform national, regional and international efforts to tackle extreme poverty and vulnerability.

We envision a Uganda which is free of poverty. DRT forecasts that Uganda can be free of all forms of poverty. With better use of resources, better access to information and formulation of pro-poor policies and programmes, poverty, particularly chronic poverty, can be wiped out of Uganda.

To contribute to processes which promote poor peoples’ abilities to manage and protect themselves against socio-economic and policy-related vulnerabilities.

  1. The state has a social contract with all its citizens’ thus equitable access to and benefit from development programmes and opportunities should be guaranteed.
  2. Development strategies, policies, programmes and projects that improve living standards of just 20% of the country’s population are neither pro-poor nor pro-people.
  3. Availability of credible evidence rooted in poverty, risk and vulnerability analysis can empower citizens, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), government and donors to make meaningful policy/program choices.
  4. Greater and informed citizen participation in public resource planning, allocation and implementation processes enhances good governance, transparency and accountability of leaders.

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 recognised as front-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 on sub-national, national and Eastern Africa regional levels.

Our work covers all districts in Uganda. All our programmes focus 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.

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.

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 organizations to develop skills and technical capacity in identifying and analyzing social economic and policy issues that affect the well being of the majority of people in Uganda and the East African region. Our areas of expertise are 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.

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.


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

DRT is committed to producing credible evidence-based policy analysis. These outputs are meant to inform the public and policymakers. 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

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