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Connect Girls Center

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Credit: HealthPartners

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

USAID, Local Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub, USAID Uganda, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, District Commercial Officers, Uganda Catholic and Protestant Medical Bureaus (UCMB), (UPMB), Uganda Healthcare Federation, USAID/Uganda health system strengthening activity (UHSS), International Cooperative Alliance Africa, Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC)

Period of Implementation

August 2018 - August 2024

Geographic scope

Africa: Kenya, Uganda


$ 7,900,000
€ 7 523 810


Bilateral Aid: USAID



Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Legal and Regulatory framework, Research & Study, Training & Capacity Building


CONNECT Girls Center (CGC) is a six-year project (2018-2024) to increase community resilience and cooperative business performance, improve the cooperative enabling environment and to increase access to design strategies and solutions in Uganda, sharing lessons and exploring potential to create impact in Kenya and with partners more broadly. CGC is supporting local partners to increase the demand for and access to care within a health system that is responsive to all people, focusing on girls and young women age 10-24 in the west, north, east and central regions of Uganda. HealthPartners is also working with partners in Kenya to pilot health cooperatives as a design strategy to reach the informal sector through their National Health Insurance Fund.

Project Objectives

Increase access to care and improve health outcomes.

Impact on SDGs

SDG3 - Good Health and Well-Being

Main Indicators

Dollar value of income and/or services delivered to members,
Number of cooperative members benefiting from services and resources delivered through cooperatives,
Percentage of female participants in usg-assisted programs designed to increase access to productive economic resources

Impact Measurement

Baseline, Midterm, Women’s health agency study

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 52

Individuals: 40000

Local stakeholders

Arch Diocese of Mbarara Health Cooperative (ADMHC), West Ankole Diocese Health Cooperative (WADHC), Ankole Diocese Health Cooperative (ADHC), Uganda Health Cooperative (UHC), Buhweju Peoples’ Health Cooperative (BPHC), Hoima Catholic Diocese Health Cooperative (HCDHC), Elgon Community Health Cooperative (ECHC) and Kabale Diocese pre-cooperative (KDHC).

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