2013 – 2040
Twenty eight years journey of household and community Development
In Kamwenge District
P.O. BOX 1439 Kamwenge, Uganda.
Tel: 256-772888149, 752888149, 706927637
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Vision 2040 Resource Centre (V40RC) was founded by Mr. Sabiiti Fenekansi from Kamwenge District Uganda in August 2012, on the hypothesis that by the year 2040 there will be no poor people in Uganda as stated by Uganda’s National Development Plan. Whenever it was said, many Ugandans were not sure whether it was possible for everyone to grow rich. Others thought that those who can’t grow rich were going to be swallowed by the rich.
It was observed in several communities of Uganda Including Kamwenge district that few rich people were buying away land from many poor people at that time. You would find an entire village originally occupied by about 200 poor households getting occupied by one or two rich people households establishing cattle firms, coffee farms and other investments. No one knew where those poor people were going after selling land, only to be seen some months or years later coming back to sell manual labor on the farms of the rich to whom they sold the land.
So, come 2040, shall Uganda count this poor landless, property-less Ugandan, selling their energy to the rich, or only the few rich guys owning the entire village will be counted, making it to reality that there will be no poor people in the country by 2040.
Ugandans wanted to be sure. The only way to be sure was thought to be manifested in the visions and goals of each Ugandans set for their families and communities to be achieved by the year 2040. What kind of house do you want to live in with your family by 2040, what kind of schools will be your children, what kinds of income for your family, which hospital will you go to, what kind of food will you eat, what kind of water will you take by the year 2040. These visions and goals needed to be translated into daily activities of every household.
In Uganda, when government intervened with the poverty eradication programs a major paradigm shift occurred. However, it was debated that when government began to intervene a bigger percentage of the money that it invested went not to institutions and communities but to a service industry. And so a bigger percentage of the money that government spent on helping poor people did not go to poor people but to professional service providers.
Also those donors of poverty eradication programs asked not which problems are solvable, but which problems are fundable, and as a consequence of this we had the poverty programs. There was provision of perverse incentives for maintaining people in poverty. So that if you are running an agency to serve poor people, you get paid for the number of people you purportedly serve instead of how many problems you solve.
Also there was a perfect storm of government policies where many of Ugandan families had a man and a woman raising children despite the fact that they could not provide anything of the basic needs for their families. The government promised to give everything. So obviously government injured families and communities with the helping hand, which eventually the government could not afford.”
“There is a solution to all this. “I think it’s by inspiring a generation of entrepreneurs and investors who look beyond just making a single bottom line return on investments. We need to be thinking of double, triple, quadruple bottom line returns. We need to think in terms of a financial return, sure, but we need to be thinking of a social return, a spiritual return, and an environmental return.”
“I think what people want if you ask the poor—if given a choice between a handout or a hand up that helps them really to have a sense of dignity and independence, to be able to put food on their table by themselves through their own effort—they all want to be able to do that. You know, that is a part of the human aspiration, and I think we need to find ways of doing that; and it’s enterprise that can really help people do that.”
Poor people make poor households resulting into poor communities ending into poor nations. Poor people are at risk of everything. “In terms of nutrition, they’re deprived. In terms of their housing, they’re deprived. In terms of education, they’re deprived. In terms of opportunities, they’re deprived. See, one of the things that the poor don’t have is, they don’t have choice. They don’t have freedom.”
We have a serious land problem here in Uganda. People can’t take their ancestral land and borrow money against it to set up businesses and pay tax. That’s where we should be going. That’s where our survival is; that’s where our money is; that’s where our progress will come from.
The absence of land title absolutely hurts the poor. About 80 percent of our people are farmers. Just imagine, if you have a million farmers who have no title to the land they are farming on. They can’t take it to the bank to get a loan to get farm implements. Now, if they can’t do this for generations and generations, this is chronic poverty. People need to own their land and trade their land. The good ones amongst them will become large farmers, the ones that are not so good will become medium sized farmers, and the bad ones will end up working for the large and medium farmers. And they’ll have good jobs that pay them.
It is on this background that V40RC is formed. To be able to provoke, motivate and provide means for all people to be able to dream their future and ardently work for it. To be able to understand that if you are to be rich by 2040 it’s up to you, you alone, not your government, not your neighbors, not the donors from the west but you and your household.
“It’s a culture of looking at something and saying, I’m going to take responsibility and solve this problem or solve this issue, or even, not from a negative perspective, from the positive perspective, to say, I have confidence so I’m going to realize this dream of mine. I believe that I can realize my vision and I now make a commitment and I will do it. That is, a forward looking positive attitude that comes out of your culture and that is something that needs to be supported locally.”
The purpose of V40RC is therefore to work with households, families and communities to generate motivation and the resolve to get onto the journey toward “the rich 2040” with clear set dreams and objectives at all levels. The best time to start the journey to 2040 is now and it starts with you.