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  • Uganda UNDAF Report 2016

    The first year of UNDAF implementation in support of the National Development Plan II, with coincided with the first year of SDG implementation, took place against a backdrop of major global policy developments as well as regional and national challenges.

    On a global level, new frameworks for sustainable development, climate change, disaster risk reduction and financing for development agreed in 2015 informed the UNDAF and provided momentum to its initial implementation, driven by the leadership and ownership of Government of Uganda. However, regional instability had a major impact on Uganda, as a haven of peace in a volatile region. Conflict in South Sudan culminated into the largest refugee influx in a single year in the history of Uganda, making Uganda one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. In parallel, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) borders of the Rwenzori region of Uganda had a protracted inter-communal conflict. Increased militia activity in the DRC and continued conflict in the Eastern part has had implications for Western and Northern Uganda. The conflict in DRC further exacerbated the flow of illicit arms, resulting in cases of highway banditry and abductions of people at the border regions thus, creating a militarized space.

    Nationally, the presidential and parliamentary elections of February 2016 aroused tension during the pre-election period, while the disputes over the election results caused continued tensions for several months after the elections. At the same time, many refugee-hosting districts faced vulnerability, chronic poverty and increasing food insecurity. In addition, Uganda experienced successive crop failures with nearly 30 per cent of Ugandans facing increasing levels of food insecurity. Several refugee-hosting districts were affected. Food insecurity has potential to negatively impact on the nutrition status of children and adults in the affected areas.

    In the face of multiple regional and national challenges, the UNDAF and its 12 joint work plans provided a strong foundation to support Government to respond to emerging crises while safeguarding efforts to pursue sustainable development for everyone in Uganda, in line with the UN Uganda Vision and Mission adopted in June 2016. Significant results were delivered against all 12 UNDAF outcomes under the three pillars Governance, Human Capital Development and Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development. The total expenditure under the UNDAF amounted to 111 million USD in 2016. The UN also managed to enhance joint efforts on cross-cutting priorities on gender, human rights, and HIV/AIDS, while efforts will continue to enhance mainstreaming and coordination in these key areas. The UNCT supported Government to localize SDGs by engaging local values and cultural leaders, developing private sector partnerships, supporting integration of SDGs in National and Local Development Plans & UNDAF, supporting SDG communication in local languages, engaging in holistic approaches to sustainable development such as the Presidential Wetlands Initiative, and supporting the establishment of a national SDG Coordination Framework. To enhance the implementation of the human-rights based approach of the UNDAF, HRBA and gender training was provided to field staff, and the UN provided comprehensive support to Government in preparing for and following up on the 2016 Universal Periodic Review

  • REHOPE- Refugee and Host Population Empowerment

  • Uganda Wetlands Atlas Launched

    Uganda’s National Wetlands Atlas– detailing the location and current state of wetlands in the country was launched on 2nd February during the national commemoration of World Wetlands Day in Kalungu District.

    This is the second volume of the National Wetlands Atlas and it not only maps the location of wetlands nationwide but also indicates the trend of their degradation and makes recommendations on their restoration. Volume I, which was launched in 2015, focused on Kampala, the Capital City and the surrounding wetland system in Wakiso and Mukono districts. A public version of Volume II of the National Wetlands Atlas will be shared with schools and various institutions to ensure that the young generation is educated on the importance of Uganda’s wetlands and they participate in their protection.
    Research and mapping of the wetland was carried out by the Ministry of Water and Environment, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Uganda Our Constitution Our Vision Our SDGs

    On the 26th of October the UNCT inspired by local notions of Sustainable Development such as” Ggwanga Mujje! Ggwanga Mujje! (Rallying the community for development causes through the beat of the drum) organized a launch event to “Beat the Drum” for the Global Goals.

    The event which included an exhibition to visualize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals drew a crowd of over 400 people from civil society, government, youth, UN and development partners. At the event the UN Country Team through Ms. Neimah Warsame, UNHCR (Resident Coordinator ad interim since 2 November) launched a publication on Uganda’s Sustainable Development journey.

  • United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016-2020)

    Over the last 50 years, Uganda has made significant development progress, moving from recovery to growth. In order to consolidate and accelerate this growth process, the Government of Uganda (GoU) has developed a 30-year Vision, reflecting the country’s aspiration of transforming from a predominantly peasant and low-income country to a competitive upper middle income country by 2040. The GoU and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) agreed to adopt the Delivering as One (DaO) modality in Uganda to better adapt UN’s support to the rapidly changing national development context. To this end, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 focuses on upstream support and is strategic, forward looking and fully aligned to both the medium and long term National Development Plans (NDP II 2015/6-2019/20 and Vision 2040). The formulation process for the UNDAF 2016-2020 was participatory, inclusive and Government-led, guided by United Nations Development Group (UNDG) programming and other related international principles, thereby ensuring focus of UN’s contribution towards realizing human rights, gender equality and promoting environmental sustainability through National Capacity Development (NCD) and greater focus on transformational results. The UNDAF priority setting was guided by three long-term strategic results that will guide the design of successive NDPs and UNDAFs between now and 2040 and which clearly define transformative results in the areas of Governance, Human Capital Development and Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development.

  • MDG Progress Report - Uganda 2013

    Uganda has made important progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) since the last progress report was published in 2010. Most notably, the first of the 21 MDG targets – halving the proportion of people below the national poverty line – has been achieved well ahead of the 2015 deadline. The poverty gap has also reduced across all regions of the country, meaning that individuals below the poverty line are less poor today than in the past. Economic growth has been closely linked to an expansion in more secure and productive forms of employment for poorer households and has therefore benefited Ugandans across the income distribution.

    The share of the workforce in wage employment continues to increase, even though the majority of opportunities remain in the informal sector, and population growth and improved education attainment have resulted in high youth unemployment. There has been a substantial reduction in hunger and under-nutrition – since 1995 the share of underweight children has been reduced by half. Following a drive to expand malaria prevention and control measures, the heavy burden imposed by the disease is beginning to be rolled back.

  • National Consultative Forum on the Post 2015 agenda

    Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Ministrof Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the United Nations Office Ugandorganized a one-day National Consultative Workshop on the post-2015 Development Agenda onAugust 8, 2014.The workshop took place in the main conference hall, Office of the Prime Ministerand was attended by 162 participants from various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), civil society, the private sector, youth, academia, members of Parliament anddevelopment partners.

    Welcome remarks were made by Hon. Sam Kutesa, incoming President of the UN Genera Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Guest Speaker was H.E Amina Mohammed, UNSecretary General’s Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning. The Keynote Address was provided by Hon. Prof. TarsisKabwegyere, Minister for General Duties, Office of the PrimeMinister.

  • National Post 2015 Consultations 1st round

    Uganda has been implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a central plank of her development strategy since 2000, which has led to realization of significant achievements across the country’s development spectrum. Over time it has become clear that the implementation of the MDGs has affected different regions, constituencies and interest groups differently; lessons have also been learned over what works, what does not work and what needs to be done differently to achieve better development results. As Uganda and the world reach the 2015 target deadline to achieve the MDGs, consultations are taking place to review progress made towards achieving the MDGs and to discuss options for the Post 2015 international development framework.

    This report details the consultations that have been going on in Uganda on the Post 2015 international development framework, and articulates the diverse perspectives and recommendations arising out of these consultations. It comprises five sections: this introduction, the background to the consultations, details of the consultations, key issues arising from implementation of the MDGs in Uganda, recommendations on the Post 2015 international development agenda, and a conclusion.

  • Post 2015 Breakfast Meeting_Localization of the SDGs

    A major outcome of Rio Summit in 2012 was the agreement by member states to launch a process to develop a sustainable development framework to replace Millennium Development Goals. While the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) have been instrumental in addressing global challenges and led and the poor lifted out of poverty, a series of initiatives have commenced at the global, regional and national levels to define the post 2015 development agenda. Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) in collaboration with United Nations in Uganda and National Planning Authority organized the 52nd State of Nation Platform titled “Localization of Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.” With the development of National Development Plan (NDP II) the dialogue presented an extraordinary opportunity for Uganda to show leadership in the implementation of a post-2015 agenda.

  • Post 2015 Localization Workshops report

    The workshop created a space for representatives of various stakeholder groups (government and nongovernmental organizations) to discuss how to implement the Post 2015 development agenda successfully in Uganda. Participants were trained to become agents of change in the process of implementing a truly a transformative development agenda and to drive crucial discussions around policy integration and financing the new agenda using local resources. Concrete localization measures could include translation of the SDGs into local languages and ensuring equal access to information about the Post 2015 process for everyone. Targets and indicators should be adapted to the Ugandan context for example by expressing monetary values in Uganda Shilling instead of US Dollar.

    Localization has to go hand in hand with participatory community planning, prioritization and decision making, as this is the foundation for long-lasting ownership. It is further instrumental for the localization process to integrate the SDGs not only into national strategies, Local Government development plans and monitoring frameworks, but also into strategic frameworks of NGOs, CSOs, traditional Development Partners as well as new ones (churches, private companies etc.). New income sources for financing the implementation need to be generated by exploring options for increased local revenue collection and by becoming more creative in looking beyond the realm of traditional financing resources. This will bring new stakeholders on board, and by diversifying resources, make the implementation process itself more resilient to shocks. Implementing the new agenda can only be achieved through a joint effort, in which Central- and Local Governments, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners and new partners coordinate their work and display collective leadership in driving the transformation process.