Catherine Kanabahita

The Executive Director, DENIVA

Catherine Kanabahita is the Executive Director of  Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA), since November 2016.

She is a professional with over fifteen years of national and global experience as a development practitioner in civil society, donor agency, government and academia. She has experience and expertise in project management, strategic planning, resource mobilization and communication.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, a Masters Degree in Gender Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication, both from Makerere University.

She was aFulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia, USA for the academic year 2015/2016, where she integrated gender and an African perspective into teaching, research and community engagements.

Prior to that, she was a Director of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate at Makerere University from 2007 to 2015 where she raised over US $35 million to support various projects such as:

  • Scholarships for academically bright but economically disadvantaged youths from Africa to access higher education at Makerere University;
  • Training and capacity building for women’s leadership;
  • Mainstreaming gender in the curriculum
  • University-wide reforms and change management

She was part of teams that forged relations between Makerere University and other universities in USA, Spain, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and China.

Catherine worked as a Gender Advisor with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, Uganda from 2001-2007; a Sponsor Relations Coordinator with Compassion International in 1999-2000; a Public Relations Officer with Uganda Tourism Board in 1995-6; a Program Officer Resource  Centre DENIVA, 1995 and a Communications Officer with World Vision International 1991-1994.

DENIVA PROGRAMS AND KEY OBJECTIVES

Governance and Human Rights

Governance and Human Rights

The Governance and Human Rights Program aims at strengthening and nurturing partnerships and communities to advocate for a democracy that serves all citizens in Uganda. The program works for social, economic and political accountability of local and...

Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods

The Sustainable Livelihoods Program aims at supporting MOs with skills and knowledge in order to advocate pro-poor and gender sensitive policies through programmes in agriculture, trade, climate change and improved service delivery. The objectives a...

Civil Society Organisation Strengthening

Civil Society Organisation Strengthening

DENIVA has a long term experience in providing capacity building services to CSOs as one of its key mandates. Organizational development interventions ranges from research, proposal development, presentation and facilitation skills; negotiation and n...

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