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Mary Jo Kakinda Bio

Mary Jo Kakinda-Associate Consultant, Uganda Project

Mary Jo Kakinda is a senior consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with local communities in Africa and with international not-for-profit organisations, public institutions and NGOs. She is part of the Kampala based team who is delivering our Due Diligence and Technical Evaluation project to address skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda. The project, sponsored by the World Bank, has been officially awarded to Sustainable Skills in July 2017. 

Starting her career at the Uganda Women’s Finance and Credit Trust (now Finance Trust Bank), Mary Jo has been engaged in a number of roles including General Secretary at PELUM Association, Evaluation Expert at Cafe Direct Producers’ Foundation, Consultant for the ETC Foundation/Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  and Team Leader for the MicroFinanza/United Nations Capital Development Fund.

Between 1990 and 2009, she served as National Coordinator and as Executive Secretary the UNDP grants program Africa 2000 Network, a regional network of NGOs from different countries in Africa working together with rural communities to contribute to poverty eradication through sustainable and equitable development.

Mary Jo has proven skills and expertise in:

  • Manage national and international development projects including project formulation, implementation, monitoring and in organizational and institutional development
  • Design and implement community empowerment processes
  • Develop planning within decentralized governance structures
  • Assess capacity, verify and make recommendations about governance, management practices, human resource development, financial resources management, service delivery, external relations and sustainability
  • Develop policies
  • Carry out evaluation and baseline studies

Mary Jo has been Treasurer at Environmental Alert, Board Member of the World Rural Forum in Spain and of the World Mountain People’s Association in France, CSO representative at the FAO Global Forum for Agricultural Research Steering Committee, as well as  Board Member at Integrated Rural Development Initiatives and UGOCERT in Uganda, Chairperson at PELUM Association, and Treasurer at DENIVA- Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations.

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management of Environment of the Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands), a Master of Arts Degree in Finance and Investment of the University of Exeter (UK), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Rural Economy of Makerere University (Uganda).

If you’re interested in how Mary Jo can deliver positive outcomes in your market or for your organisation, please contact us.