Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

Link Community Development Uganda

Where we work

About Link Community Development Uganda

Link’s School Performance Review model has been modified and adapted for national implementation as part of Uganda’s Monitoring Learning Achievement programme. This impacts every school in Uganda. Link Community Development Uganda also pioneered Early Grade Reading Assessments in the local languages of Alur and Lugungu supporting government policy on promoting the use of local languages in the early grades.  
“The Link project improved Early Grade reading results (EGRA) results due to regular school based support and guidance by Link staff which transformed targeted primary teachers into strong literacy teachers” (external evaluator, 2015)


Key facts

Opened: 2000
Districts: Buliisa (previously in Hoima, Masindi, Katakwi, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo)
Focus: local language and literacy; school improvement; community engagement; social accountability; building capabilities for sustainability

Case Studies


Katakwi School Improvement Project (KSIP)

Katakwi pupils

To improve the quality of education in conflict-affected Katakwi district, this project focuses on both educating parents about their rights and responsibilities and enabling parents’ access to schools to learn about current school performance and plans to improve it. It promotes effective and inclusive school planning, community engagement in education, use of school performance data to inform education planning. This project will improve the quality of education available to over 53,000 pupils in 75 schools in Katakwi. 

Lugungu and School Support Initiative in Buliisa – Phase 2 (LaSSIB-2)

P2 Learners in Masindi

To improve the quality of education, this project focuses on improving reading in the mother tongue in the early grades and enhancing the management and functionality of schools using Link’s innovative School Performance Review (SPR) process. Learner outcomes will be tested using the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA). This project also aims to raise awareness of the value of reading among wider school communities in Uganda, particularly supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sport’s (MoES) initiative to teach in the learner’s mother-tongue.