iLEAP International Fellow, 2016
Obed Kabanda is the founder and CEO of Action for Community Development (ACODEV), a non-governmental health organization in Uganda and Rwanda. Obed started with ACODEV in 2004, when it was a small organization struggling to gain funding and support. Through perseverance and patience, he learned how to build a staff and board and work with communities to make a positive impact on the lives of women, men, and children.
One of the biggest challenges arose when the organization nearly tripled its service area. Operations were not coordinated and quality suffered. Obed and his team took the time to analyze the risks and opportunities so the organization could regroup and recover. Retreats and team-building exercises helped people communicate and work together during the period of rapid growth. “This took us a long way to enhancing cohesiveness among the team,” he says. Obed’s vision is to help grassroots organizations drive social change and set the agenda for community transformation, and ACODEV will soon be expanding into other areas of Southern and East Africa.
As an iLEAP Fellow, Obed will be able to share his extensive leadership and management experience and learn from his colleagues around the world. Ultimately this will help Obed continue working toward his dream for Uganda, “where public and private leaders . . . are morally upright, responsive to human needs, accountable and are delivering sustainable quality services to citizens.”