MCDO applies an integrated approach to community development by advancaning environmental conservation, education, ecotourism development, rural livelihoods, and sustainable agricultural initiatives in the communities living close to Mgahinga and Bwindi Gorilla National Parks in Kisoro district, south western Uganda.
The history and background of Mgahinga Community Development Organization.
The initiative to create MCDO came in 2003 from a few dedicated members of already existing community based organisation, Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp. At that time there were several community initiatives, focusing on specific development issues, working independently of each other within Gisozi parish. The existing disorganization created a need for coordinating entity amongst the different development programs was dire. These dedicated members presented their position and introduced an umbrella organisation MCDO. The organisation purpose being to educate, facilitate and coordinate the member projects.