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PONT Community to Community Development Centre (C2C)


We emphasise applied research as a vehicle for theory building, and consequently members of our team are directly engaged in development interventions with partners. Much of our output is in the form of technical advice reports to our partners and these are not usually in the public domain. A selected bibliography of academic outputs is referenced elsewhere on this web site.

PONT Mbale

The range and extent of PONT interventions is reflected on its website. PONT works with and through partners. In Mbale the partnership is motored by two networks. The inner network is comprised of NGO’s, known collectively as PONT Mbale. This association also works in a wider network, the Coalition Against Poverty (CAP), that includes government bodies (district councils, health boards etc.), civil society organisations, universities, businesses etc.

Projects may be initiated by any PONT partner and as the network expands, it is not uncommon for services to be supplied across the network. For example, Bungkoko Rural Development Community is training folk in NCODO in the art of soil stabilised brick manufacture (see below).

PONT C2C supplies capacity building services to this network. University staff and students have been engaged in the classroom, in health initiatives, in church links, on university campuses, in tree planting initiatives etc.. We offer professional and technical advice, for example we have tested soil stabilised bricks in our labs, conducted land surveys and trained resource offers in GPS/ GIS technologies. We consult on governance issues and advocacy and funding. And we provide monitoring and evaluation of projects: for example to the PONT Ambulance project under DfID’s GPAF programme.

Below we offer some current examples.

Flush Latrines in Namatala

PONT C2C is working with a community based organization, NCODO, in the slum at Namatala, Mbale. In a current development project the first public flush latrines in the district are being supplied at the initiative of NCODO, funded by C2C. In addition to a useful community asset, this project is building local capacity as the following star diagram shows.

Vegetation Science

This is a study of past and present physical environment of the Greater Mbale region with especial reference to identifying issues relating to climate change and possible means of increasing local landscape-level environmental resilience.

Customary Tenure

We were granted RICS Education Trust funds to provide an institutional analysis of customary tenures in Eastern Uganda and consider their impact on investment risk. This is a collaborative project with Gateri Catherine of Makerere University, Kampala. This project was reported in the RICS Education Trust Annual review 2010 It will be published as an RICS Research Report in due course.


The Inter University Council in Mbale has been recently formed to develop research capacity that would serve the region’s complex needs. David Jenkins has been engaged as a mentor for this project and recent discussions have begun to identify a research agenda.

Already IUC has submitted a joint bid to the Lake Victoria Interuniversity Research Council with southern partners in Tanzania, Burundi and Kenya. We wish IUC every success in this venture.

Sustainable Construction

The aim of this project was to engage with Africa in a tangible and meaningful manner, through the building of partnerships, and the application of education, science and technology for sustainable development. The approach of engagement as proposed by the Research Team at the University of Glamorgan was by way of pursuing sustainable infrastructure development, using two pilot countries representative of Sub-Saharan Africa – Kenya and Cameroon. The team critically evaluated local construction practices, with emphasis on the level of uptake and possible improvement of locally available natural, industrial and agricultural waste and by-product materials for sustainable development of infrastructure. Here is the project report: UNESCO-Wales Final Report March 2010

Commercial Services

Members of the PONT C2C team deliver commercial services in Africa through a consultancy arm known as CEREA. Successful projects include a study of agricultural waste in Kenya for UNESCO Wales and Solar-powered fishing lanterns in Zambia for UNIDO

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