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Our Projects and Initiatives
UNDP in Uganda is committed to supporting the Government to reduce poverty levels and achieve its development goals. UNDP contributes to Uganda’s development through two key programmatic goals, accountable democratic governance and poverty reduction. Areas of HIV/AIDS and Women's Empowerment are cross cutting although projects specific to them fall under the democratic governance.
The two key programmatic areas are rooted in the broad thematic areas of;
The Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) project is aimed at creating market access and improving the value of agricultural produce – core to Uganda’s Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan 2010/2015 which envisions shifting agricultural production from the confines of subsistence farming into commercialised mode, as a way of helping some of the poorest communities create income-generating activity.
The importance of tourism to Uganda’s economic growth speaks for itself in the increasing number of visiting tourists every year, and, the rise in expenditure by foreign tourists in the country. The Development of Inclusive Markets in Tourism project aims not only to boost this growth but also increase the participation of poor and rural communities in tourism related income-generating.
Tourism has become a key sector for Uganda’s economic growth especially as the number of visitors to the country and their expenditure while here increases.
That diaspora remittances topped $879.4m in the financial year 2011/2012, higher than coffee at $466.6m, shows just how much a huge contribution they make to Uganda’s economy.
The Government of Uganda has developed a second comprehensive Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP II) as part of efforts to consolidate peace, security and lay a foundation for recovery and development.
This project seeks to foster linkages between the traditional justice and the local governance system by supporting Karamojong youth to identify effective and sustainable interventions, advance their concerns to local and national leaders and be empowered to lead the sub region into sustained socio-economic development.
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
With funding support from the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery (BCPR), this project focuses on Local Development and Social Cohesion in Northern Uganda, building on past UNDP interventions; it aims at contributing to the social and economic stabilisation of the region.
This project is going to contribute to strengthening national Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) institutions through improved sector coordination. Its main goal will be to see that DRR is included in national and sector specific policies and projects and also improve the different communities’ readiness to deal with disasters.
This project will look at improving agriculture productivity also in the Northern Uganda area with particular emphasis on value addition. It will also work with the communities to continue peace building and conflict resolution activities which had been started on in previous projects.
Environment and Energy
Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Uganda
Uganda is particularly vulnerable to the increasing frequency and severe droughts, floods and severe storms and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, as well as infrastructure.
Enabling environment for sustainable land management (SLM) to overcome land degradation in the cattle corridor of Uganda project
To address the worsening conditions of land resources in the rangelands, UNDP is supporting Government of Uganda overcome land degradation in the cattle corridor. This project has an overall goal to enhance Sustainable land management that provides the basis for economic development, food security and sustainable livelihoods while restoring the ecological integrity of the Cattle Corridor ecosystem.
This project aims to mainstream Sustainable Land Management (SLM) into district and local government development plans and to identify and implement priority SLM interventions to improve livelihoods of local communities in the cattle corridor of Uganda.
Strategic Policy Advice
In an effort to bring light to the situation of the MDGs at the local level, SPU is currently in the process of producing the next 2013 Uganda national MDG progress report, which will shed light on the status of the MDGs in the country and also present Uganda’s position on the Post 2015 new international development agenda debate.