Development Research and Training (DRT) is a local Ugandan-based not-for profit organisation, established in 1997 to undertake policy research and analysis that informs pro-poor policies and programmes. We are formally registered as Number 2220” under the “The Non-Government Organisations Registration Statute, 1989. Our overarching objective is the elimination of all forms of poverty particularly chronic poverty. DRT has four broad programme areas namely; Social Policy and Human Development (SPHD); Governance and Transparency (GT); Economic Policy and Livelihoods (EPL) and Capacity Building and Institutional Development (CPID).

Our vision

DRT envisions a Uganda which is free of chronic 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.

Why do we exist?

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

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 on sub-national, national and Eastern Africa regional levels. Our work covers over 50 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.

What we believe

  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 and equitable distribution of development outcomes.

Core values

DRT is guided by four key values: Innovativeness, Transparency, Accountability and Participation.