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Carrying out the pilot assessment, May 2017

The ‘Enhancing the Capacity at Gulu Disabled Persons Union’ project (ETC at GDPU) is based in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Its aim is to provide extra support for the small business groups started by students with disability who had trained with Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) between 2013 and 2015 under the Youth Development Programme (YDP)*. The ETC at GDPU project started in May 2017 and is self funded during the six month pilot phase. Donors and other funding will be sought for the substantive programme.

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Inside the barbershop of an ex GDPU student

Fifteen business groups were set up at GDPU under the YDP. ETC at GDPU aims to strengthen those groups still in existence, so that they can become more profitable, more resilient and last longer. This will improve the livelihoods of the group members and of course of their families and their village.

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A GDPU football mach

GDPU will work with the groups to decide what will help them grow and develop in the long term and then organise for that support to be delivered.

This project will provide capacity building – group dynamics, business support, additional technical training, mentorship and support

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GDPU Open Day 2015

* In Northern Uganda between 2013 and 2016, the Youth Development Programme (YDP), funded by The Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered by VSO, gave vocational training and post training support to ‘vulnerable youth’, helping them into employment or to set up a small business.

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A wheelchair in Gulu town