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Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute

Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute
Motto Enhancing, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs
Established 2000
Type Private
Chairperson Samuel Niiwo
Chancellor Professor Gerard T. Caneba[1]
Location Kampala, Uganda
Campus Urban
Website Homepage

The Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute (UNEDI) is a privately-owned national resource development institution in Uganda whose focus area is entrepreneurship education, training and research. The institute provides training techniques, faculty support, consultancy, research as well as teaching and development of entrepreneurship training materials.[1][2][3]


  • Background 1
    • History 1.1
    • Vision & mission 1.2
    • Aims of the Institute 1.3
  • Centers 2
  • Specialized projects 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6



UNEDI was established in 2000 as a national resource development institute with a tripartite program between the Uganda National Small Business Association (UNSBA) and the African Investment Management and Funds Association (AIMFA).[4]

Vision & mission

The vision of UNEDI is: A country with a new generation of principle –centered, ethically minded; socially conscious decision makers with integrity and a global perspective in the world of Business.

The mission of UNEDI is: To act as a brain trust for strengthening Entrepreneurship at National and Regional levels and create a winning edge to both the Private and Public sector by way of its services and by parading a focused approach to strengthen the business environment.

Aims of the Institute

UNEDI’s institutional aims are:

  • Creating a multiplier effect on opportunities for self-employment;
  • Augmenting the supply of competent entrepreneurs through training with focus on technical and vocational training (BTVET);
  • Augmenting the supply of entrepreneur trainer-motivators;
  • Participating in institutional building and National Development efforts;
  • Inculcating the spirit of 'Entrepreneurship' in the youth;
  • Promoting micro enterprise development with particular emphasis to rural communities;
  • Developing and disseminating new knowledge and insights in entrepreneurial theory and practice through research;
  • Facilitating corporate excellence through creating entrepreneurs;
  • Improving managerial capabilities of small, Medium and Micro-enterprises;
  • Developing the support system to facilitate potential and existing entrepreneurs establish and manage their enterprises; and
  • Collaborating with similar organizations in Uganda and the rest of the world to accomplish its objectives.[5]


As of August 2015, UNEDI was structured into the following centers:

  1. The Center for Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Employment (YEJEC) ; for youth-focused programmes.[6]
  2. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) ; for entrepreneurship related programmes.[2][7]
  3. The Center for Rural Economy, Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Extension Cooperative Extension Services (CREECES) ; UNEDI’s research, training and education arm.[8]
  4. The Center for Advancement of Natural Resource Management (CANAREMA) ; for programmes related to enterprise development through natural resource use and conservation.
  5. The Center for Agribusiness Research and Rural Innovations (CARRI) ; for research-based consultancy geared towards promoting agriculture as a mainstream business activity.[9]
  6. The Center for Leadership, Governance and Management (CLGM); for leadership and governance related programmes.
  7. The UNEDI IT Academy; for hands on training in Information Technology and Entrepreneurship programmes.[10]
  8. The Center for Air Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (CATHI) ;
  9. The Center for Innovative Cinema, Film and Music Industry (CIFAMI) ;
  10. The Center for Advancement of Nutrition and Medical Research (CANMR);
  11. The Center for Cosmetology, Hairdressing and Modeling Industry (CCHAMI) ; for specialized job skills courses.
  12. The Center for Energy, Applied Science and Technologies (CEAT) .

Specialized projects

As of August 2015, UNEDI has the following specialized projects:

  • The Village Entrepreneurship Learning Associations (VELA) project which seeks to apply Social Entrepreneurship as a means in Advancing Equality, Tolerance and Peace thus promote civic existence, expression & engagement.[11][12]
  • The Strategy for Technology Advancement and Resource Transfer (START-UGANDA) project delivers appropriate farm technologies that promote sustainable food and farming systems through Rural Farm Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Networking Opportunities.
  • The Exposure through Volunteerism, Opportunity Spotting to Kindle Employment (EVOKE); a program which helps continuing students in higher institutions of learning to get short term job placement, internships and volunteer opportunities within Small, medium and micro-enterprises so as to build practical experience, hence get job placements thus reduce unemployment and curb poverty.
  • The Youth Entrepreneurship Achievers Program (YEAP); whose aim is to successfully launch and establish entrepreneurship in the minds of young people to effectively implement high quality entrepreneurship programs in a number of schools and trading centers by time frame.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b "UNEDI Chancellor.". UNEDI. 
  2. ^ a b "Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurial Training". NFNV. 
  3. ^ "Financial Inclusion through Savings and Village Enterprises (FINISAVE)". NFNV. 
  4. ^ "History". UNEDI. 
  5. ^ "Aims of the Institute". UNEDI. 
  6. ^ "Center for Youth Empowerment, Job Creation and Employment (YEJEC)". UNEDI. 
  7. ^ "President Museveni Donates A Lorry To Farmers In Lwengo District". Showbiz Uganda. 
  8. ^ "A model for financial inclusion of rural women". NFNV. 
  9. ^ "HOME". AGRISAVE. 
  10. ^ "UNEDI IT Academy". UNEDI. 
  11. ^ "Agrisave takes up South Korean model to boost farmers’ income".  
  12. ^ "Village Power pledges to Graca Machel to bring electricity to 10 thousand people in the Gomba district". Village Power. 
  13. ^ "UNEDI Specialized Projects". UNEDI. 

External links

  • Official website

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