Uganda and UNDP in action
Integrated development solutions driven by country priorities and UNDP’s new Strategic Plan.
Our Strategic Plan 2022-2025 introduces the evolution of #NextGenUNDP into #FutureSmartUNDP. More than a mantra, it is our new benchmark for success in the future of development. Building on UNDP’s 50 years of expertise across 170 countries, this new approach allows us to focus and prioritize where country demands are greatest. By working together in this way, we aim to expand people’s choices for a fairer, sustainable future, with people and planet in balance.
See how our integrated signature solutions – powered by digitalization, innovation and development financing – are accelerating impact and scale in Uganda.
Our current programme offer is articulated in the UNDP Uganda Country Programme Document (2021-2025) which outlines our contribution to national development results and serves as the primary unit of accountability to the Executive Board for alignment of results and the resources given to the programme at country level.
It focuses on three pillars of Inclusive and Sustainable Growth; Nature, Climate, Energy and Resilience; and Governance and Security; as well as the two enablers of Digitalization, Innovation and Smart Cities, and SDG Integration and Acceleration and the Youth 4 Development flagship programme.
Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Under this offer, UNDP promotes structural transformation in view of the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), advances competitiveness in the manufacturing sector while building robust and integrated value chains in the agriculture, tourism and mining sectors with a focus on integrating local economic actors, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), youth, women, people with disabilities, and refugees and other vulnerable groups.
Emphasis is also placed on advocating for sustainable and inclusive business models, promoting financial inclusion, incentivizing innovation and promoting gender equality, while ensuring lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic strengthen national resilience to business shocks. Significant investment is also being made in youth-led businesses and entrepreneurship as a sustainable response to unemployment through accelerating the industrialization agenda within an era of an emerging digital economy.
These interventions, paired with the enhancement of local government capacity and e-governance systems, are envisaged to facilitate creation of more productive and inclusive jobs, strengthening the position of the country within regional and global value chains.
Nature, Climate, Energy and Resilience
UNDP is working to strengthen sustainable land management and restoration of degraded forest and wetland ecosystems. Integral to these efforts is the continued restoration of ecosystems in refugee settlements and host communities, institutional capacity development in natural resource governance, and deeper citizen participation in environmental management and community resilience.
Promoting access to affordable renewable energy options in underserved rural and urban communities is also a key priority. UNDP will continue to build on its climate promise through scaling up access to sustainable energy solutions, supporting innovative and inclusive financing mechanisms for low carbon technologies and implementation of the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in line with the Paris Agreement.
Resilience to climate and disaster risks will be strengthened by enhancing access and use of climate information, products and services for early warning and early action. Further, promoting nature-based solutions and technologies, strengthening national, district and local level contingency planning, and integrating resilience building in development plans and budgets will be deepened to ensure greater multi- sector coordination. Given their power and influence in fostering social cohesion and behavioral change, we will deepen collaboration and strengthen capacities of cultural and religious institutions to govern natural resources.
Governance and Peace
As a backbone for delivery on all priorities, UNDP will strengthen the governance infrastructure in the public and private sectors whose functions are catalytic to the attainment of national developmentaspirations.
Focus will be on building and strengthening the governance infrastructure in the public and private sectors, institutionalizing e-governance systems in the public sector at national and sub national levels, while facilitating integration and effective delivery of services within the private sector.
We will continue strengthening the effectiveness/ functioning of key state institutions including Parliament, judicial institutions, and anti- corruption agencies in order to promote accountability and civic engagement while ensuring effective participation of youth and women in governance processes. Integral to this, is supporting the electoral cycle for transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, and promoting electoral reforms in the post-election period.
The coordinating function of Government will also be strengthened to enhance planning, budgeting, advocacy, monitoring and reporting on the SDGs. Emphasis will be on advancing public-sector reforms to strengthen institutional coherence for effective coordination, transparency and accountability at local and national levels.
In partnership with UNDP country offices, UN organizations, development partners and civil society, cross-border programming will be conducted to address regional governance challenges including prevention of violent extremism and natural resource conflict.
Youth 4 Development Programme
Uganda has a young population with 78% aged 30 years and below and more than one million young people entering the job market annually. Leveraging the potential of this youthful segment of Uganda’s population is crucial for the social economic transformation Uganda aspires to attain by 2040.
UNDP is committed to addressing the youth unemployment challenge through equipping youth with vocational skills, increasing the competitiveness of youth within the labour market, building capacities of national institutions to mainstream youth employment, and supporting youth-led enterprises to pilot innovative ideas.
UNDP is currently undertaking several initiatives designed to empower the youth of Uganda, with skilling, innovation and entrepreneurship serving as catalysts to enable UNDP’s broader development agenda in Uganda including the eradication of poverty, promotion of sustainable development, creation of opportunities for empowerment, and achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its central mission to leave no one behind.
Digitalization, Innovation and Smart Cities
One of the fundamental enablers of UNDP’s country programme for Uganda (2021-2025), the Digitalization, Innovation and Smart Cities Programme will accelerate digital transformation by promoting digital literacy and skills development, providing catalytic support within priority public services, and ensuring evidence-based strengthening of the enabling environment for digital transformation.
The programme will also strengthen the enabling environment for innovation and business startups, inform the establishment of a regional centre of excellence for innovation, and provide catalytic support for innovation in priority production sectors including agriculture, sustainable energy, health, manufacturing, and ICT. Meanwhile, business sector development remains a priority through the promotion of business growth and production for local and regional markets, while integrating digital ecosystems and connecting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and institutional service providers to digital platforms.
SDG Integration and Acceleration
UNDP supports the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national development planning and implementation through analysis of the NDP III and Programme Implementation Action Plans (PIAPs), supporting government capacity building, and alignment of planning and budget frameworks at national and sub- national levels.
The SDG Integration and Acceleration Programme will also develop and implement an Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) and promote adoption of innovative financing mechanisms in selected SDG accelerator areas. Meanwhile, UNDP will support the improvement of SDG data, monitoring and evaluation systems with a view to reduce gaps in implementation and monitoring, while facilitating research, learning and knowledge sharing on SDGs to inform policy and programme interventions.
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