Our Projects and Initiatives

UNDP in Uganda is committed to supporting the Government  to reduce poverty levels and achieve its development goals. UNDP contributes to Uganda’s development through two key programmatic goals, accountable democratic governance and poverty reduction. Areas of HIV/AIDS and Women's Empowerment are cross cutting although projects specific to them fall under the democratic governance.

The two key programmatic areas are rooted in the broad thematic areas of;

Inclusive and Effective Governance

  • Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)

    The Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC) project builds on Government of Uganda and Development Partners’ achievements in local development and decentralisation by promoting community-based local development using the Saemaul Undong (SMU) model.

  • Capacity Building for Strengthening Diaspora Resource Mobilisation and Utilisation

    That diaspora remittances topped $879.4m in the financial year 2011/2012, higher than coffee at $466.6m, shows just how much a huge contribution they make to Uganda’s economy.

  • Strengthening Oversight Functions for Accountable Service Delivery

    Uganda has had its fair share of high profile corruption cases in public office, an act that undermines some of the core functions of leadership, especially service delivery.

  • Strengthening Institutional Framework for Service Delivery

    Before 1992, most decisions were made at the Central Government level, making it difficult to provide services all the way to the grass roots. Government therefore introduced a decentralisation policy to enable citizens to have more say in determining their affairs and to improve on the provision of services.

  • The Northern Uganda Project

    With funding support from the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery (BCPR), this project focuses on Local Development and Social Cohesion in Northern Uganda, building on past UNDP interventions; it aims at contributing to the social and economic stabilisation of the region.

Sustainable, Inclusive Economic Development

  • SWITCH Africa Green: Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic development

    Achieving sustainable development requires adoption of consumption and production patterns that protect and conserve the environment and other natural resources, while also generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty.

  • The Development of Inclusive Markets in Tourism

    The importance of tourism to Uganda’s economic growth speaks for itself in the increasing number of visiting tourists every year, and, the rise in expenditure by foreign tourists in the country. The Development of Inclusive Markets in Tourism project aims not only to boost this growth but also increase the participation of poor and rural communities in tourism related income-generating.

  • Improving Policies and Regulations to Support Development of Markets in Tourism

    Tourism has become a key sector for Uganda’s economic growth especially as the number of visitors to the country and their expenditure while here increases.

  • The Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) Project

    The Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) project is aimed at creating market access and improving the value of agricultural produce – core to Uganda’s Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan 2010/2015 which envisions shifting agricultural production from the confines of subsistence farming into commercialised mode, as a way of helping some of the poorest communities create income-generating activity.

  • Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Building project

    This project is going to contribute to strengthening national Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) institutions through improved sector coordination. Its main goal will be to see that DRR is included in national and sector specific policies and projects and also improve the different communities’ readiness to deal with disasters.

Strategic Policy Advice

  • Promoting research and analysis on MDGs

    In an effort to bring light to the situation of the MDGs at the local level, SPU is currently in the process of producing the next 2013 Uganda national MDG progress report, which will shed light on the status of the MDGs in the country and also present Uganda’s position on the Post 2015 new international development agenda debate.