We have a competent team of development practitioners who are passionate about what we do and helping clients improve on their work.
In addition to our solid professional experience in our consulting areas, DLC’s capability is also rooted in her technical resources as reflected in the profiles of the firm’s consulting team. DLC is endowed with a team of experts that combine several years of practical programming experience and a solid record in the consulting arena. These experts have the capacity to deliver timely and high quality outputs for the firm’s clients and are always available to undertake specific assignments whenever required.
With support from assigned project managers and administrators, the Consultants work in complementary teams that synergise to guarantee high quality work to our clients. Every assignment is spearheaded by a lead consultant with considerable expertise in the relevant field. Here below we highlight the profiles of some of DLC’s team members.
Deogratias Yiga is the team leader at Development Links Consult Ltd. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and policy and standard setting that guides the firm’s operations. For the last 19 years, Deogratias has been a development practitioner in the social development sector in Uganda and Africa wide, implementing programs in the child rights sector for national and international reputable organisations in the civil and government sectors. He is the former Executive Director of the African Network for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter, an organisation that is part of an Africa -wide network that works to prevent violence against children and organises programs to prevent and redress violence and child abuse. During his practice, he was able to contribute to policy formulation and review (Children Act and Employment Act and National OVC Policy). As a Development Management Consultant, Deogratias has consulted on a number of thematic areas in Child protection including: including, Child Protection systems, birth registration, Adoption and legal guardianship, Birth registration, Child headed households, Children with Disabilities, Violence against children, street children among others. He has provided technical support to local and international organisations including, African Child Policy Forum, Oak Foundation, Wellspring Advisors, Terres Des Hommes, ChildHope UK, Retrak UK, World Vision Uganda, Plan Uganda, Kindernothilfe, Uganda Reproductive Health Bureau, KCWA and Uganda Child Rights NGO Network among others.
Deogratias continues to undertake Capacity building and technical support consultancies to strengthen capacities of social sector organisations to deliver effective programs to their target groups including: undertaking organisational capacity assessments and Development, Strategic planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, development of child protection policies. Deogratias holds Masters degrees in Development Management from the Open University UK and MA Social Sector Planning and Management of Makerere University. He also acquired a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Rights Youth and Development, in addition to the Specialised training in NGO Management and Executive Leadership undertaken with DANIDA fellowship Centre in Copenhagen.
Simon Enamu is a development practitioner with significant experience in designing and implementing projects in the domains of child rights/protection, civil society strengthening and social accountability. Simon, who also heads the technical consulting unit of the firm blends competences in applied social research, policy analysis and advocacy, organisational capacity assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation, training and mentoring, as well as process facilitation. He is experienced in children and youth participation programming and has been involved in interventions to reach excluded groups such as persons with disabilities, children and ethnic minorities
He began his career with the Uganda Child Rights Network as a Research and Policy Analyst where he facilitated various child rights programs and consultations on policy issues such as the Children Act and OVC. He later worked with Community Development Resource Network (CDRN) where he concentrated on supporting Civil society actors to improve service delivery. He has been part of resource material development projects for social sector practitioners such as: The National Child Participation Guide for Uganda, (UCRNN), Life skills training manual (Youth Social Association), A practical Guide for Development Workers on inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (World Vision Uganda). A dictionary of Participatory Rural Appraisal Methodologies (CDRN). He has also facilitated strategic planning processes for grass roots various civil society organizations in Uganda in addition to leading or being part of evaluation teams for various projects.
Simon holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration. He has undertaken additional training in advocacy work, gender analysis and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Juliet Nakayenga is the Business Manager of Development Links Consult. She has over 13 years of experience in Research , Monitoring and Evaluation child protection and community development work. She has worked with independent fostering agencies and Local Authorities in England and interacted with various systems and interventions for enhancing child safeguarding and inclusion especially for children with intellectual disabilities. She has also worked as an M&E Officer for the Ministry of Education and Sports providing technical support to the departments of Pre and Primary education, Teacher Education, Secondary and BTVET to enhance planning, service delivery and reporting and measuring effectiveness of development interventions in education . Juliet has been involved in various research studies in the social and market research domains with firms such as K2 Consult and Steadman and Associates (now Ipsos Synovate).
At DLC , Juliet provides technical support in designing studies, undertaking child protection related consultancies, conducting participatory rural appraisals and managing the delivery of assignments contracted to the firm and client relationship management.
Juliet holds a Master’s Degree in International Child Welfare, a Diploma in Child Psychology and a Post graduate Diploma in Integrated Rural Planning. Her first degree is a BA (Social Sciences) majoring in Sociology. She is fluent in English with a fair comprehension and speaking of French.
Regina Kacwamu is our Associate Consultant with eight years’ experience in safeguarding. As a Child Protection/Safeguarding Specialist, she supports child-focused organisations in East Africa to create safe environments to safeguard people that are involved in their work. She is involved in assessing organisations’ safeguarding capacities, co-facilitating capacity building trainings and providing technical support to child-focused organisations to elaborate and implement safeguarding policies and learn from their safeguarding initiatives.
Regina is passionate about safeguarding and specifically working with social development organisations to create safe environments and reduce risks.
She has also worked at different stages of research (research design, data collection, data management, and report writing) on violence against children studies commissioned to Development Links Consult.
She is a trainer for the Civic Action Transformation approach championed by Brot Fur die Welt/Bread for the World Germany in fragile contexts of Eastern Africa.
Regina has eight years’ experience managing adolescent sexual reproductive health and child protection programmes (specifically child trafficking and child sexual abuse) targeting vulnerable children and youth in Uganda’s urban slums.
She is skilled in Rapporteuring and Photography and has over 8 years’ experience Rapporteuring/Documenting meetings and conferences in the child protection sector, which exposed her to discussions on Child Protection Systems, Strategic Development Goals and the Global INSPIRE Strategy to End Violence against Children. For 3 years (2009-2012) she documented capacity building initiatives for Staff and Members of the Parliament of Uganda under the Westminster Foundation for Democracy Programme for Uganda.
Regina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Social Administration/Economics) and post-graduate training in Population and Reproductive Health. She has undertaken various continuous professional development training in the areas of Child Protection/Safeguarding, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender and Human Rights.
Rose Mugagga is the Administrator of Development Links Consult. She possesses considerable experience in offering executive level administrative support with a demonstrated ability to innovate, improve procedures and meet demanding deadlines for a wide range of administrative activities and management processes /procedures.
Through working on various consultancy assignments, Rose has solidified her hands-on experience in executing administrative functions of project- related assignments including overall planning, budgeting and financial reporting, tracking, coordinating, logistic control and support, human resource recruitments and organizing trainings as well as documentation including filing ,report preparations and formatting. Her administrative skills and public relations coupled with insightful planning and organising ensure that the operational/logistical aspects of the firm’s studies are effectively handled which enables us to deliver on our outputs in a timely manner.
Rose has previously worked as a Secondary School Teacher, a Researcher and as an Administrative Officer in challenging environments. She possesses a BA (Political science) degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
Elizabeth Katusiime is currently working as our Consulting Assistant at Development Links Consult. She is a Monitoring and Evaluation professional with a background in Statistics, Research and Information Technology.
She is knowledgeable and experienced in monitoring and evaluation, research and works well with STATA, SPSS, MS Excel, MS Access.
Elizabeth holds a postgraduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and a Bachelors Degree of Statistics and Economics from Uganda Management Institute and Kyambogo University respectively.