Wales for Africa
What came before METGE reaches back to 2006 and the creation of Wales for Africa and the initiatives that followed:
'Wales for Africa - Ten Years 2006 - 2016': a pdf report on the success of the Wales for Africa initiative - scroll down to the bottom of the linked page.
The initial governance of the Uganda programme - known as 10 Million Trees - was handled through Mbale Coalition Against Poverty (Mbale CAP).
The project developed and the more specific needs of agricultral work became clearer as a result. It was felt that we needed to specialise, taking us towards a new and important governance structure, able to handle the now complex operations that existed between the Welsh Government and its partners in Uganda.
In 2016 Jon Townley, who leads the Wales for Africa initiative, approached Ian Maxwell to try and establish a new structure for the organisation in Uganda, and, shortly after that, Mount Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise Ltd (company number 80020000534687), was registered as a 'not for profit company' here in Uganda. The foundations were then laid for a model of agricultural partnership that links communities of interest with tree planting, agro-cropping, beekeeping and the empowerment of women in communities within Eastern Uganda.
METGE has moved forward to recruit specialist staff with strong management and agricultural backgrounds to energise its development and close in on our goal of planting 10 million trees by 2020.
While the initial programme ends officially in 2020, the team is looking past that point with the establishment of the Model Villages Programme in late 2018. This concept builds on the community development successes we've seen up to this point. Building on the successful completion of the 10 million trees planted, the longer term ambition is to plant 25 million trees by 2025 (25/25).
We look forward with ambition and optimism, having seen the amazing achievements we've made over these years. We are confident of success, both for Uguanda and for an enduring relationship with Wales.