The Programme aspires to implement a three-level approach in order to contribute to the promotion of structural improvements of the Ugandan cooperative system.

At macro level, DGRV cooperates with the Bank of Uganda (BoU), the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives (MTIC) and the National Planning Authority (NPA).  The overall goal of the partnership with BoU is to establish a suitably structured, systematic and effective supervisory function for Savings- and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs). The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht BaFin) joins forces in this initiative.

Potential synergies and areas of support with MTIC and NPA have been identified prioritizing the need of a functional regulatory regime for cooperatives in general and harmonizing sector wide donor support.

At meso level, DGRV is strengthening national and regional networks of cooperatives to become relevant facilitators for their member organisations. It is of crucial importance for the advancement of primary cooperatives that they receive a wide range of adequate trainings for all their functions from accounting to internal control as well as from management skills to good governance. One of DGRV`s key partners in this regard is the Caritas network.

At micro level, DGRV recognizes the importance of cooperatives to provide access to finance for the poor, to boost production in the agricultural sector as well as to contribute to sustainable energy. Under the latter category, the partnership with GIZ promotes opportunities to enable strong cooperatives to realize economic benefits through the production and use of decentralized renewable energies.

Also, at grass roots level, DGRV cooperates with the Catholic Workers Movement (CWM) on the development of Loans and Savings Associations (SLAs) supporting their mobilization and professionalization as one way to ensure financial inclusion of the poor segments of society.

Sustainable Development Goals

With our activities in Uganda we contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to:



Project Director

Martina Weis

Senior Project Advisor

Gabriel Kamuge

Head of Administration

Loyford Rithaa


Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA)

The Government of Uganda has appointed NPA to coordinate the revival of the cooperative sector of the country. Traditionally, NPA is in charge of the National Development Plan (NDP).

Bank of Uganda

Non-Financial Institutions Department – The Non-Financial Institutions Department is responsible for the regulation and supervision of the country`s Savings and Credit Associations.

Catholic Workers Movement (CWM)

CWM mobilises and coordinates savings and credit groups across the country.

Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA)

UCA is an apex organisation in the cooperative sector.


DGRV – Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. – Uganda
German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation Uganda
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