PROGRAM SUMMARY OVERVIEW
In Uganda the United States Government strives to:
Enhance security in the region, particularly in northern Uganda.
Improve the health and well-being of the Ugandan people; and,
Promote democracy, good governance and prosperity in Uganda.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government’s primary implementer of foreign assistance programs and has been operating in Uganda since 1962. Today, USAID/Uganda mission is among the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, and includes projects to support each of the U.S. Mission’s objectives in peace and security, governing justly and democratically, health and education, economic growth, and humanitarian assistance. The USAID/Uganda mission manages an annual budget of approximately $320 million under its five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
PEACE AND SECURITY
USAID programs work in conjunction with other programs across the US mission to promote peace and security in specific areas of Uganda, in particular the LRA-affected areas of northern Uganda and the conflict-prone pastoralist region of Karamoja. While other US programs work in such areas as police training and professionalization of the Uganda Police Defense Forces (UPDF), USAID focuses on peace and reconciliation processes, small scale infrastructure, and economic growth activities to help move communities forward toward peaceful solutions.More
GOVERNING JUSTLY AND DEMOCRATICALLY
Over the last ten years, the United States Government has aimed to strengthen the devolution and separation of powers, fight corruption and foster more effective and participatory governance through capacity-building support to the 6th, 7th and 8th Parliaments, local governments, the Electoral Commission, the Law Reform Commission, civil society, political parties and marginalized groups. USAID/Uganda works to broaden citizen participation and strengthen grassroots organizations, enabling them to advocate more effectively for reforms in local government and national institutions such as Parliament. USAID/Uganda is also building the capacity of Parliament and improving linkages among citizens, their elected representatives, political parties and local governments. More
INVESTING IN PEOPLE
USAID/Uganda supports the public and private sectors to preserve and nurture human capacity by working towards a healthier and more educated society. Through its many partners and projects, USAID aims to prevent diseases, improve treatment for the sick, and enhance health care delivery and systems, especially for the most vulnerable groups. Many lives can be saved by ensuring that vulnerable populations—such as infants, children, women of reproductive age, and orphans—are able to access high quality and affordable social services and related products. These services and products will prevent and manage diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to improving reproductive health. More
USAID/Uganda seeks to increase and diversify commercial agricultural production and enhance Uganda’s competitiveness in local and international markets. A major focus of USAID’s efforts in economic growth are under the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative—a worldwide effort to improve nutrition and food security. In Uganda, this US Government initiative is closely aligned to Uganda’s own Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. More
The humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda, caused chiefly by insurgency, has subsided with the expulsion of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Of the 1.5 million internally displaced persons, 95% have resettled out of camps in the North. However, the United States Government, through USAID, continues to be the largest overall provider of humanitarian relief assistance in Uganda. USAID’s humanitarian assistance consists primarily of food aid and non-food humanitarian assistance from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). USAID supported 25% of World Food Program humanitarian assistance programs in 2010. More
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