National Association for Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD)

We are a voluntary non-governmental women’s organisation that was initiated by a group of women and legally registered in 2010 with the Ugandan NGO board (S. 5914/8366).

NAWAD is focused on the family and the crucial role women play in their families, their communities and the development of Uganda as a nation.  Our goal is to promote the fundamental human rights of women and young people especially in relation to sustainable management of the environment and natural resources, health, and economic security.  We recognize that there are a number of efforts addressing the challenges that confront women and young people; however,...


Empower women and girls to achieve social justice, economic stability and sustainable management of their environment through capacity building, research, advocacy, and service provision.


Peaceful families and communities where the fundamental human rights of women and girls including good health care, social and economic empowerment, and sustainable management of natural resource are recognized and respected.

Priority Programme Areas

Natural Resource Management and Governance

The level and mode of interaction of women with natural resources has important implications for their gender roles in society and at home, as well as the community's...

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The health status of the women, children and young people in our country is poor characterized by persistent high maternal mortality rates associated with a high fertility rate, limited contraceptive use, limited access to quality health ...

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Human Rights

All of NAWAD's programs address human rights particularly those that impact women and girls along with the environment.  Additionally NAWAD hopes to focus on gender-based violence and education for girls.

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Women and Entrepreneurship

Since women comprise the majority of the population below the poverty line and are very often in situations of extreme poverty and social discrimination, NAWAD’s efforts under this programme...

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Our Vision

A society where women and girls enjoy social, economic, and environmental justice

Latest News

International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN ACTION IN DEVELOPMENT this year 2019 joins the rest of the world   to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019. This day is held on March 8th every year... Read more


7th April is world health day and this year the day has been committed to raising awareness about diabetes which is on the increase all over the world. This year’s... Read more

Kampala Sanitation Week

It was a marvelous sanitation week for Kampala!...It all started from 14th March in Nakawa Division to 18th March in Kawempe Division. NAWAD is proud to have been part of... Read more

NAWAD Videos

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