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Seed money for setting up CBR came from the Council for the Development of Social Research (CODESRIA) which helped set up the library, and a generous Ugandan private entrepreneur who paid the first year’s rent for office premises. Between 1990 and 1998, CBR’s own core research programme was sustained largely through grants from the Swedish Research Co-operation Agency (SAREC/SIDA). CBR also generates research funds through solicited and unsolicited research proposals submitted to a wide range of funding agencies, local, regional and international. Other than the above, CBR’s funds have been generated from local fundraising initiatives and research grants donors and funding agencies.


Over the years, CBR has increased the local share of funding through two types of efforts. The first has involved the sale of our services in different forms: publications, documentation material, and consultancies. The second has been through raising funds amongst those in the local community who believe the work of CBR is a worth contributing to in developing the Ugandan society.


Other major sources of research funding over the years have included the following:

1. Action-Aid Uganda
3. Christian Michelsen Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
4. Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
5. Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA)
6. Department for International Development (DFID)
7. Democratic Governance Facility (DGF)
8. Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Technische Susammernarbeit (GTZ)
9. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
10. German Institute of Global & Area Studies
11. Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD)
12. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada
13. Literacy and Adult Basic Education (LABE)
14. MS/Danish Association for International Co-operation, Uganda
15. Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD)
16. Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Uppsala
17. Selly Oak College, Oxford University, England
18. Society for International Development (SID)
19. Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)/ Swedish Agency for Research Co-operation (SAREC)
20. The Aga Khan Foundation
21. The British Overseas Development Administration (ODA)
22. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
23. The Ford Foundation
24. The Government of the Republic of Uganda
25. The Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton
26. The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
27. The Johns Hopkins University
28. The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
29. The Netherlands Government
30. The Rockefeller Foundation
31. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
32. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
33. United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
34. United Nations Research Institute for Social development (UNIRISD)
35. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
36. World Council of Churches (WCC)
37. World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington D.C.

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