European union donates 100 billion shillings to develop northern uganda

European union donates 100 billion shillings to develop northern uganda

By Denis Otim

Omoro

The European Union, EU, has granted 115 billion shillings (26 Euros) to the government of Uganda, to support the Development Initiative of Northern Uganda (DINU) programme for the next four years.

 

The 11th European Development Fund, EDF, is intended to eradicate poverty, under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in 16 districts within Acholi, Lango, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions.

 

The project was launched in Omoro district headquarters in Lalogi Sub-county on Friday.

 

Speaking at the launch of the programme, the United Nations Capital Development Fund Regional Technical Advisor for Uganda, Dmitry Pozhidaev, said the project will focus on Food Security and Agriculture; Transport Infrastructure and Good Governance.

 

Pozhidaev said the fund would also address the impacts of the South Sudan refugee influx in West Nile and Acholi sub-regions, climate change especially in Karamoja and poverty levels in the region, which he described as “worrisome”.

 

“Northern Uganda is not catching up with the rest of the country, this is quite worrisome. We expected the region to catch up with other districts but it hasn’t. We expect this project to help reduce the poverty levels” Pozhidaev told the Northern Era in an interview.

 

A recent data released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics [UBOS], shows that the national poverty level has increased from 19.7 per cent in the financial year 2012/13 to 21.4 per cent in 2016/2017.

 

Although the Northern region is rated the most impoverished, UBOS recent survey reveals there was a reduction in poverty levels from 43.7 per cent in 2012/13 to 32.5 per cent in 2016/17.

 

Pozhidaev said more internal monitoring and evaluation will be done by the local government finance commission, office of the prime minister and the local government Ministry, to ensure success of the project.

 

The Permanent secretary Ministry of Local Government, Ben Kumumanya who presided over the programme launch, commended the EU for its constant support to the development of Northern Uganda and whole country.

 

Kumumanya noted that they will ensure a tight monitoring of the program to ensure it positively impacts the region.

 

The Omoro District Chairperson, Douglas Peter Okello said the initiative is timely, because the region is still recovering from the effect of the two-decade Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.

 

Okello noted that poverty, because of the LRA ware, remains high, so the fund would help to improve the livelihood of the locals through large scale farming.

 

Taban Yasin, the Yumbe Chairperson hopes the money will be used to repair the roads in Yumbe, he said are being damaged because of high number of South Sudan refugees.

 

“We are hosting refugees, and our roads are being degraded fast by the constant flow of traffic. I believe this money will help in rehabilitating the road networks,” Yasin said.

 

The Omoro District Chairperson, Douglas Peter Okello said the initiative is timely, because the region is still recovering from the effect of the two-decade Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. Okello noted that poverty, because of the LRA ware, remains high, so the fund would help to improve the livelihood of the locals through large scale farming.

 

Taban Yasin, the Yumbe Chairperson hopes the money will be used to repair the roads in Yumbe, he said are being damaged because of high number of South Sudan refugees.

 

“We are hosting refugees, and our roads are being degraded fast by the constant flow of traffic. I believe this money will help in rehabilitating the road networks,” Yasin said.