Shs 670bn for Northern Uganda anti-poverty project

The European Union has provided Shs 670bn (150m Euros) for Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) an initiative meant to eradicate poverty and ensure food security.

The project, a complex multi-sectoral  program which will be implemented in 33 districts of Karamoja, Acholi, West Nile, and Teso, regions and last for  duration of six years from 2017-2023.

The EU will contribute 132.8m Euros, Government of Uganda 11m Euros, DFID 2.6m Euros, Republic of Germany 1.8m Euros, UNCDF 0.3m euro and UNICEF 1m Euros. The program will be led by the office of the Prime Minister.

DINU will supports interventions in food security, nutrition and livelihood, good governance , and infrastructure development  looking at areas of water, roads, energy among others.

German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ),United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ,Department for International Development (DFID),and the United Nation’s Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) will help in implementation of the program.

Attilio Pacifici the EU ambassador to Uganda said the EU’s intention is to narrow the gap and ensure peace and stability. Pacifici says there should be concentration in agriculture.

“Northern Uganda has been receiving a lot of attention over the past decades and an impressive progress has been made over the years since the return of peace. Impressive progress has been made, but in some areas we have new challenges.” Pacifici said.

He says Northern Uganda still lags behind compared to other parts of the region. He says poverty is increasingly concentrated in Northern Uganda, while in central and the west, poverty levels have reduced.

The Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda said government is determined to ensure that Northern Uganda catches up with the rest of the country after undergoing decades of insurgency.

“Northern Uganda suffered from prolonged periods of conflicts which led to social economic losses and population displaced. We lost many people in this conflict. The latest household survey data shows that 32.5 per cent of the people in Northern Uganda are living below the poverty line” Rugunda said.
This according to Rugunda, Northern Uganda will come up quickly.

Grace Kwiyocwiny, the state minister for northern Uganda  says the region needs roads from community to inter-district roads, commercialisation of agriculture is needed and employment for youths too.

She says the region will surely benefit greatly from this project. He says the region should change to a region embracing technology and a great economy after decades of war.