How is the Epicentre programme managed?
The programme is managed under a public private partnership arrangement. URDT is the lead organisation for this project. Its implementation is guided by the Epicentre Strategic Document developed by URDT and Kibaale District leaders.The picture above shows the meeting where the MoU was signed.
The programme implementation team constitutes the Coordinating Team Epicentre programme (CTEP), Epicentre Managers (EMs) who are ARU graduates, the sub county Community development Officer (CDO), the EM’s counterpart and para-extension workers (PEs) trained by the EMs.
The Epicentre Managers (EMs) are URDT’s resident extension staff at sub-county level. The EMs report to the URDT CEO. The CTEP coordinates the establishment and development of the ECs by the EMs (16).
The specific roles of key players in the Epicentre strategy are:
1. URDT has oversight function, fundraising, expanding the spheres of partnerships and networks, ensure good public relations and continuous facilitate community learning, human capital development and linking the epicentres with likeminded institutions;
2. Local Government (LG) is key to the success of the ECs. In November 2011, URDT was formally invited by the local government leaders of 16 sub-counties to work together to create systems and systemic change reflected in how the people think, act and transform their practices for improved well-being and prosperity. The contact person on behalf of local government is the Community Development Officer who plays a key role in planning and implementation of the collective actions. The collaborative roles are spelled out in MoUs. The local government provides provide the following:
o at least 3 acres of land for demonstrations and research,
o office space and meeting room,
o cooperation in resource mobilisation and utilisation.
o the CDO's as local counterparts of the EMs
3. The African Rural University (ARU) will give backup support in research and capacity building in the methodological and programme domains. It will contact the epicentre with other universities and institutions that have similar experiences and programmes. I will organise for the EMs refresher and advanced courses. It will also participate in fundraising and other resources mobilisation;
4. URDT Girls’ school and the URDT Institute for research and human capital development purposes. It will also draw from the experience of the alumni of these institutions.
5. Old partnes from URDT like MIT, Unity College, AFPF and Harvard University will continue interact with the epicentres though URDT to enrich the thought process and systems as we consolidate the idea and practice of exemplars in community development
6. New partners will be identified to provide human and financial support to this unique development approach