Since the year 2000, ACODE's work has been driven by the desire to primarily bridge the gap between public policy, policy outreach, and policy implementation. At the time, Institutions that existed before were largely academic thinktanks that engaged in policy research and publishing policy-relevant information that remained on shelves.
ACODE sought to link four key components that make public policies focus on the power and vulnerable sections of society. Our work is strengthened through partnerships with relevant institutions that help us contribute solutions to issues and problems of a policy nature affecting citizens. We have active MoUs with key institutions which includes: Ministry of Water and Environment; Ministry of Local Government; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; West Nile Development Association (WENDA); Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA); Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU); Mbarara City Council; and Gulu City Council among others.
Over the last 22 years, ACODE has made significant input in policy and legislative reforms on a wide range of public policy issues in the environment and natural resources sector; economic governance; and service delivery among others.