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Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is an independent public policy research and advocacy think tank based in Uganda working in East and Southern Africa. ACODE was first registered in 1999 as a Non-governmental organization (NGO). In 2004, the organization was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and without having a share capital. ACODE is one of the most dynamic and robust regional leaders in cutting-edge public policy research and analysis in a range of areas including governance, trade, environment, and science and technology. ACODE has, for the last four consecutive years, been ranked in the Global Go To Think Tank Index as one of the best think tanks in Uganda and one of the top think tanks in the world. Think Tanks in Africa continue to play a major role in policy development and implementation. The Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) has been ranked 23 out of 92 Top Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa and 29 out of 90 globally with Best Advocacy Campaign in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (TTI), led by the University of Pennsylvania through its Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).

ACODE is non-partisan and independent and therefore does not align with any political party or political organisation. However, given the direct relationship between development policy and politics, we believe that our work is political and it must stand for certain political causes of a bi-partisan nature. Such causes are legitimate issues of research interest so long as they are defined on the basis of constitutionalism, the rule of law as well as national and regional interests as expressed in the relevant treaties, strategy documents and declarations. ACODE's work is based on three broad programmes areas: Environmental Democracy, Peace and Democracy, and Innovation and Biotechnology Policy. Our core business is to undertake advocacy-driven public policy research and analysis on contemporary and emerging public policy and governance issues that have a significant impact on national development.

What we do and how we do it


Our Vision Statement

A “premier public policy research and advocacy think tank working for social justice and good governance in Africa.” ACODE aspires to become one of the leading public policy think tanks with the goal of ensuring that public policies contribute to improving the quality of life of the people in Africa. Our research and analytical work is designed to equip citizens with the knowledge and information to make informed choices in business, governance and leadership.

Our Mission Statement

"To make public policies work for people.” Through Evidence-based policy research and analysis, we create knowledge to support pro-people national and regional development policies. Through Policy outreach and advocacy, we empower people to shape public policies so that they are just and equitable. Through action, we motivate people to demand for responsible government, accountability in leadership and better governance.

Our Core Values

  • Academic and intellectual freedom
  • Non-partisanship
  • Integrity
  • Non-Discrimination