PRDP brings a smile to the people of Northern Uganda

web geneva;”>The overall goal of PRDP is to stabilize Northern Uganda and lay a fi rm foundation for recovery and development. The PRDP aims to bring the North up to “national average level” in the main socioeconomic indicators. The PRDP is organized around 4 Strategic Objectives:
• SO 1: Consolidation of State Authority
• SO 2: Rebuilding and empowering communities
• SO 3: Revitalisation of the economy
• SO 4: Peace building and reconciliation The PRDP focused on critical areas: Justice, website like this Law and Order; Reconciliation and Peace Building; Local Government Enhancement; Health Sector; Education Sector; Water and Sanitation; Livelihoods and Agriculture; Land and Natural Resources. Success in these thematic areas would ensure the fulfi llment of the PRDP’s four strategic objectives. The four major areas of investment were in Education, Water, Roads and Health which would act as quick wins for the recovery of Northern Uganda. Signifi cant investments have been made by the PRDP grant which is implemented by the District

A modern girls dormitory at NUYDC

Land opening under the tractor higher scheme.

The Main Administration Block at the NUYDC

PRDP as a transformation tool This was to increase humanitarian assistance to the returning IDPs, increase police deployment in the region, open up access roads through the ministry of Works and Transport, provide resettlement kits like hoes, pangas, axes, basic household items and planting materials for the retuning IDPs, strengthen the justice system by posting more judges, magistrates, state attorneys and other required personnel. Under the PRDP water sector, the government has encouraged the construction of the gravity fl ow water schemes, protected springs, boreholes and shallow wells. The PRDP focus on improving health care services yielded construction and rehabilitation of health facilities which has greatly

Community empowerment

A road constructed under PRDP in Northern Uganda

improved the infant mortality rates, improved nutrition and the general healthcare system in Northern Uganda. The PRDP would also provide livelihood support to organised vulnerable groups like women, IDPs, orphans, elderly etc who are engaged in income generating projects such as apiary, zero grazing, poultry, vegetable growing etc. This would be achieved through NUSAF, LGDP and EU projects for the region. Boosting education is part of rebuilding and empowering the community. There was to be construction and expansion of classrooms, provision of scholarstic materials and basic equipment for secondary schools, renovation of secondary, vocational and tertiary institutions. Production and marketing of local produce has been supported to improve economic output, household incomes and food security. To achieve this, farmers were given farming inputs to take agriculture from subsistence to commercial scale. Cross-breeding of local livestock with exotic breeds and build capacity for local hatcheries to increase production. In arid areas like Karamoja, valley dams have been be constructed to provide water for people and livestock. To-date, Government and the people of Northern Uganda can unanimously assert that Good progress has been registered by Government since the implementation of PRDP begun. For instance, n 2009/10, the fi rst year of implementation of the PRDP, the poverty rate had fallen to 46%, as compared to the national average of 25%. This is in line with the PRDP overall goal of bridging the socio-economic gap between the north and the rest of Uganda.

Some of the semi-detached staff houses at the NUYDC


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