AVID Development is one of Africa’s emergent professional and dynamic Advisory and Consulting firms, supporting clients to achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with regional and local expertise. We work with governments, the private sector, civil society and not for profit organisation and development partners in the region to facilitate creative thinking and design innovative solutions aimed at promoting reform, growth and development. Our major areas of practice include Trade, Regional Integration, Development work and Governance.
We also have specialist capacity in gender equality and women’s rights, human rights, access to justice and legal matters. Within these designated areas, the services offered to the firm’s diverse client base are broad, spanning a wide spectrum including Advisory and Consultancy services, Program Management, designing Models, and piloting initiatives that could provide insights into suitable reform programs.
In a global (but increasingly protectionist) economy, African economies are presented with massive opportunities to industrialise, develop and ramp up trade internally and with the rest of the world. The firm’s clients however, often find themselves in need of advice on how to maximise opportunities and address adaptive challenges that face the region- from poverty, low intra- African Trade levels standing at around 15%; to increasing inequality; high unemployment; and weak governance that undermines reforms.
AVID Development stands ready to assist its clients in grappling with and overcoming this and other challenges. Our ambition to be Africa's premier Advisory firm underpins our business strategy and engagement. We aim to achieve this goal through sustained investment in understanding the region’s challenges and prospects, managing knowledge and information, and by creating a working culture that enables our people to offer consistently high standards of client service.
THE CORE TEAM
We have a core team of in-house experts but also work with associates from various fields and regions. Our Core team is comprised of:
Allen Sophia Asiimwe
Masters in Public Administration- Harvard Kennedy School, USA; Masters in International Business Law- University of Manchester, UK
Ms. Asiimwe is a Ugandan advocate and policy leader with over 19 years’ experience as a development advisor and practitioner and passionate about governance, trade, regional integration and development issues in Africa. She has designed and managed programmes for government agencies, private sector, civil society and donors across the African region (including in all East African Countries, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and DRC).
Until December 2017, she worked as a Consultant (attached to the Managing Director) at the African Export Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) in Cairo, Egypt supporting the implementation of the Intra Africa Trade Initiative- aimed at increasing trade among African countries from US $170bn currently to US $250bn by 2021. She facilitated the development of key strategies including: A Strategy to foster Africa’s Trade with its Diaspora; a strategy to foster Bilateral Trade in Africa through a Hub Approach; A Scoping Study to facilitate development of a Model Law to underpin emergence and growth of Export Trading Companies in Africa; advocacy work to facilitate the implementation of the Interstate Transit Guarantee and preparations for the First Intra African Trade Fair scheduled for December 2018.
Masters in Law- Corporate Law, Huddersfield University, UK
Victor is a legal consultant and currently works in one of the leading law firms in Uganda. He has worked as a legal adviser for Frankfurt School of Finance & Management on the IFC-sponsored Uganda Primary Mortgage Market Initiative (UPMMI). In this capacity he was involved in monitoring and commenting on the legal framework and regulations pertaining to mortgage and land issues and drawing up and ensuring the form and content of documents is in line with current legislation and the lending guidelines of the IFC.
Victor has also worked on various programs with DFID, DANIDA-HUGGO, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Uganda Human Rights network in an advisory capacity on legal and governance issues, the tax regime and the regulatory climate. Prior to these assignments, Victor was in private legal practice with the commercial law firm of Byenkya, Kihika and Co. Advocates.
He has obtained a Masters of Law with a major in corporate law from the University of Huddersfield, a diploma in international business law from the University of Manchester, a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre and a Bachelor in Law from Makerere University. He is a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law Society.
Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka
Masters in Law- Commercial Law- University of Cambridge, UK
Diana holds an LLM in commercial law from University of Cambridge where she was a member of Wolfson College. She worked with the Government of Uganda Commission of Inquiry in the Allegations of Misuse of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, in Uganda.
She is currently working in one of the leading commercial law firms where her main areas of practice are the creation and perfection of bank securities, corporate advisory and general advisory in areas of banking and finance and working with nongovernmental organizations and trusts. She specialises in commercial transactions generally, but with specific emphasis on the formation of various legal entities, securitization, land transactions, corporate restructuring and carrying out legal due diligences.
She is a member of the Uganda Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Uganda Law Society- where she chairs the Female Lawyers Committee and the East African law Society. Her areas of practice are corporate and commercial, conveyancing and charitable organizations and trusts.
Associate, Global Policy and Advocacy
Masters in Law
Patricia has significant experience in influencing policy both in Africa and at a broader level. Until recently, she was with Novartis SA where she continued to develop, shape and implement Public Affairs strategy for in the pharmaceutical industry particularly in Africa. She successfully created platforms for shaping healthcare and securing a favorable market environment for the Industry with key markets and Governments in Africa including Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, South Africa and Zambia. Patricia also proactively engages and sets the healthcare financing agenda for Africa with several multilateral institutions including the African Union, the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA).
As an internationally experienced policy advisor, Patricia brings over 14 years’ experience in Global Policy and Advocacy, with strength in Public Health and Government Relations in Emerging Markets. She has a broad range of experience in International Trade Policy particularly, Intellectual Property, Access to Medicines, the WHO, WTO-TRIPS debates, Oncology and HIV. She has consistently worked to develop partnerships and build relationships across the public, private and NGO sectors in the international public health field.
AVID Development has a rich network of associates that it works on different projects and these include;
Human Resource, Programme Management
Economist and Policy Expert
Christine Busingye Mulera
Statistics, Management and Corporate Governance
Management and Banking