awamo signed a partnership agreement with the Association of Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU). AMFIU is an umbrella organization established in 1996 and owned by its 120+ member organizations. Over 90 of AMFIU’s members are microfinance institutions and in excess of 30 members represent institutions or individuals supporting microfinance activities. Besides lobbying government for favorable policies and sharing information and experiences across the industry AMFIU is an important opinion-leader and multiplying facilitating networking activities between domestic and international parties.
ANJARWALLA & KHANNAWith more than 60 lawyers Nairobi-headquartered law firm ANJARWALLA & KHANNA (A&K) is one of the largest and leading in East Africa. A&K enjoy an excellent reputation amongst the local and international business community. The A&K team is well-versed across a wide range of commercial sectors including Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources, Tax, Banking and Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution. A&K’s clientele is comprised of start-up ventures as well as large international firms. A&K is the winner of the African Law Firm of the Year 2013 award and the Kenyan partner firm of the ALN (Africa Legal Network), the largest alliance of its kind of independent top tier African law firms.As part of its corporate citizenship program, Deutsche Bank is partnering with Social Impact gGmbH to match competencies and talent of bank employees with specific support requirements by social startups. The objective of this initiative labeled “Investment Readiness” is to provide expert knowledge on a pro bono basis by assigning mentors with expertise in relevant domains to startups in order to support the high quality development of new social businesses. The core focus of the program is to better position entrepreneurs for the next funding round. In the case of awamo, support covers the areas of organizational development, compliance and risk management.Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. 2,500 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through the firm’s own offices and alongside leading local firms. Dating back to 1743 in the UK and 1840 in Germany, clients rely on Freshfields‘ commitment, local and multi-national expertise when it matters most. Support to awamo is primarily provided by the firm’s German offices and covers the fields of data protection, compliance, and corporate law. The firm has established responsible business practices and programmes in the areas of valuing its people, pro bono, supporting communities, business ethics and managing environmental impact.Germany’s leading credit bureau SCHUFA Holding AG dates back to 1927. Its core business is the provision of credit-relevant information. Headquartered in Wiesbaden it provides the basis for secure lending to its 8,500 business clients which include banks, savings banks, as well as trading companies and other branches of industry. For consumers SCHUFA facilitates convenient and low-priced borrowing as well as a high degree of transparency on the basis of credit reports.
SCHUFA supports awamo as sparring partner by sharing its extensive knowledge on scoring and data analysis with regards to technical and functional matters.The Uganda Cooperative Alliance Ltd. (UCA) entered into a partnership agreement with awamo. UCA is an umbrella organization for all cooperatives in Uganda and was established in 1961. UCA has approximately 320 members of which Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) represent the largest group with almost 250 direct members. Another 1,850 SACCOs are indirect members represented through sub-organizations which are UCA members.
UCA serves as the voice of the cooperative movement both nationally and internationally. UCA also serves as the main cooperative policy advisor for the government, implements various cooperative development projects, and is mandated by law to arbitrate and help settle conflicts within the cooperative movement.