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Leonard Okello

CEO, The Uhuru Institute - UGANDA

Leonard Okello is a political scientist with extensive local, national, and international service in people centered development, advocacy, and campaigns for, rural development, health, democracy, accountability and defence of human rights. While at Oxfam International Leonard led Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment Process, a unique partnership between the Civil Society Organisations, Donor Agencies, and the Government of Uganda, based at Uganda’s Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. This partnership delivered the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, the world’s first poverty reduction strategy process, the Poverty Action Fund, the Plan for Modernizing Agriculture, the National Agricultural Advisory Services, the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund, and man civil society development programmes at the time were all born.

Leonard later joined Actionaid International as the International Head of the HIV/AIDS Programmes where he led the support tor the establishment and development of Aids Commissions in 9 African countries, and the universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment global campaign from Africa to the Gleneagles G8 meeting.

Leonard returned to Uganda where he briefly served as Country Director at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance Uganda office. Leonard has also been the strategist for nationwide citizen advocacy campaigns such as the Black Monday Movement, the Free and Fair Elections, Health, Educations, Land and Natural Resources campaigns.

Leonard set up The Uhuru Institute for Social Development, a social business applying business acumen to promote citizen’s collective organizing, and action for socioeconomic transformation, deepening democratic practice, and defense of human rights.

"Its always possible if you believe in yourself”