Bird Uganda Safaris Nimule-Elegu Project
Tourism is the fastest growing foreign exchange earner globally and employs a substantial number of youths. However, there remains a big gap between men and women working in this industry – tourism is still a vastly male-dominated domain.
The Nimule-Elegu Project” under the Intra-Regional Trade Facility (IRTF) wants to counterbalance this trend by training women bird watching guides to increase their participation in the industry. Bird Uganda Safaris identified this gap, which became obvious for them after more than ten years of experience operating in the tourism industry in Uganda. It has institutionalized the Uganda Women Birders’ Club in 2013, and has since then been instrumental in training women in bird guiding in Uganda and beyond, as the Ugandan club soon became an inspiration for setting up similar clubs in Kenya and Rwanda.
Against the backdrop of this vast experience, Bird Uganda is now training women from the Uganda and South Sudan border communities in birdwatching, with the aim of forming a strong network of skilled women birders, who will ultimately be organised to share their skills and knowledge in the East African Women Birders’ Association. This is done with support from the EAC-GIZ IRTF via the regional capacity-building project ‘Nimule-Elegu’.
The project involves women from different sub-counties of Amuru District on the Ugandan side and Nimule on the South Sudan side.