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Janet Irked by Sluggish K’Jong Development Project

First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni (in white) with officials from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Dryland Integrated Development Project and the from the Office of the Prime Minister after their meeting at State House Nakasero.

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, ask http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php Hon. Janet Museveni, page http://certoclear.com/wp-content/themes/divi/includes/builder/template-preview.php has asked the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to ensure smooth and expedited implementation of the Dryland Integrated Development project in Karamoja.

Janet made the call while meeting a delegation from IDB at State House Nakasero on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

The Dryland Integrated Development project is implemented using a $20m loan from IDB and is expected to deliver interventions aimed at increasing agriculture production, drugs http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/customer-ajax.php enhancing household income through business development, improving access to quality health care, building water and road infrastructure in Karamoja among others.

However since its launch by the First Lady in June 2015, progress has been slow.

“There are hiccups to implementation of the project that need to be addressed urgently”, observed the Minister.

She noted that a number of procurements are pending IDB’s approval before they proceed, some of which include construction of a major access road and solar energy interventions. Moreover disbursement of funds to the project from IDB has been slow and irregular.

The Minister also urged IDB to approve the recruitment of extension workers to ensure a close linkage between the project and households.

Unlike other lending agencies such as World Bank and African Development Bank, IDB does not have an office in Uganda. “There is need to have a resident coordinator for IDB in Uganda to improve communications and decision making” advised the Minister.

In response, the IDB team led by Mr. Nur Abdi, promised to approve the pending constructions and resolve the issue of extension workers. The team agreed to hold further discussions with technocrats from the Office of The Prime Minister to find ways of ensuring that project implementation is un-interrupted.

It was agreed that a delegation from OPM will conduct a visit to IDB headquarters in Jeddah Saudi Arabia to familiarise with the bank lending policies and procedures.

The Director of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF II), Dr. Robert Limlim, advised both the IDB and the Government executing teams to strengthen communication and uphold the best practices and standards in project management. These include provision of timely progress reports by the project managers and regular feedback by the donors. He proposed commencement of a process for mid-term review of project performance.

The Dryland Integrated Development project will be implemented for five years until March 2019 and covers the districts of Amudat, Moroto, Nakapiripit and Napak. Millennium Promise Alliance, an international NGO, was contracted to implement the project on behalf of Government.

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