Rural Action Community Based Organization (RACOBAO) is a local NGO that was founded in 2008. RACOBAO then known as Rakai Community Based Organization was birthed out of Lutheran World Federation (LWF) initiative to localize its programs in Rakai and Lyantonde districts. Prior to this, LWF had since 1995 been implementing the Rakai Community Based AIDS Project (RACOBAP) whose major goal was to: reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS transmission and mitigate the social economic impact of AIDS. This process of transiting RACOBAP into a local NGO (RACOBAO) was started in 2006 after two external evaluations recommended that LWF to come up with an exit plan. With consultations from the local leadership including other key partners like Church of Uganda and the donors, this transition process was supported by DanChurchAid (DCA) for two years to ensure RACOBAO is a fully fledged local NGO. This transition process was technically facilitated by Community Development Resource Network (CDRN).
At the end of the process, RACOBAO come up with a five year Strategic Plan (2008 – 2012) whose vision was a Ugandan community where people are free from HIV/AIDS and are living improved quality of life with the mission as RACOBAP exists to empower communities affected by HIV/AIDS and those at risk to respond to the causes and consequences of the scourge.
In the development of this new Strategic Plan, the vision and mission have been reviewed with a goal added to strategic framework as shown below:
A Ugandan where all people are living a dignified life and are actively participating in the development of their communities.
Contribute to the full realization of Rights of the most vulnerable people.
RACOBAO is a local NGO that is committed to the full realiasation of Health Rights and entitlements of vulnerable persons in the targeted districts. We do this through empowering communities to promote the demand-side of accountability and delivery of accessible, quantity and quality public services and building capacity of relevant duty bearers to appreciate and fulfill citizens’ rights of, especially, the most vulnerable men, women, boys and girls.