EU Approves Shs 1Tn to Support Development in Uganda

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides (2nd R) shakes hands with President Museveni as EU Ambassador to Uganda Kristian Schmidt (in golden neck-tie) during a visit to Uganda in November

The European Union has approved € 274.9 million (equivalent to Ugshs 1 trillion) for the Annual Action Plan 2016 for development cooperation with Uganda for a six year period (2014 to 2020). The plan focuses on transport infrastructures, stomach food security and agriculture, as well as good governance.

Eight new projects have been approved under this program which aim to create new job opportunities and long-term sustainable investment, as well as strengthening capacity and accountability of public institutions.

Central among the various projects is the aspect of gender mainstreaming and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Majority of the funding will go to the “Development Initiative for Northern Uganda” project (DINU), to support post-conflict initiatives in the region, focusing on resilience, stability, and poverty eradication through an innovative integrated territorial cross-sectorial approach.

The European Commission’s Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservis while commenting about the fund said; “This support will support the communities who need it most to build stable and prosperous societies”.

Complementing EU humanitarian aid and the support provided through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the project will provide support to host-communities of the increasing flows of refugees coming from the continuing crisis in South Sudan, as part of the EU’s commitment to deliver on the outcomes of the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

Uganda has been lauded in numerous international fora for its hospitable and sustainable approach towards refugees, ranking it the most favorable host country in Africa.

This Action Plan builds on previous support in the three focal sectors of intervention of the European Union in Uganda (transport infrastructure, food security and agriculture and good governance).

The projects provide integrated support to beneficiaries ranging from central to local governments, from civil society organizations to small-holder farmers and local private sector stakeholders.

Overall, the new program will contribute to supporting stability and contribute to sustainable development, improving Public Finance Management and accountability, strengthening the role of civil society, improving service delivery in the transport sector and promoting farming value chains through an environmental and market-oriented approach.


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