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EU approves €275 million (Shs 1.04 trillion) to support and expand development actions in Uganda

10/02/2017 - 14:07
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The EU has approved the Annual Action Plan 2016 for development cooperation with Uganda, and will provide €274.9 million for the period 2014-2020. The plan focuses on transport infrastructure, food security and agriculture, as well as good governance.

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The EU has approved eight new projects which aim to create new job opportunities and long-term sustainable investment, and will also strengthen capacities and accountability of public institutions. They all have a strong focus on gender mainstreaming and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The lion's share of the funding goes to the "Development Initiative for Northern Uganda" project (DINU), which will support post-conflict 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, Mr Stefano Manservisi, 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.

Main areas of support

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 organisations to small-holder farmers and local private sector stakeholders.

Overall, the new programme 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

For further information

See: 2016 Annual Action Programme for Uganda (Annexes)


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