In-depth

Ms. Almaz Gebru, the UNDP Country Director; Mr. Hon. Herbert Kabafunzaki, State Minister for Labour; Ms. Rosa Malango, the UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator and Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, state Minister for Northern Uganda launching the Africa Human Development Report on Gender in Kampala. (Photo credit: UNDPUganda2016)

UNDP’s Strategic Policy Advice function serves to strengthen its position as a requisite partner in areas of sustainable human development in Uganda. To achieve this, it undertakes the following:

  1. Advises the Government in design of national plans and policies;
  2. Advises the UN Country Team on relevant policy issues and entry points for engagements with government and other stakeholders;
  3. Supports the UN Country Team in designing and monitoring of key strategic documents such as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF); and
  4. Provides technical support to the Government of Uganda and the UN Country Team in the domestication and implementation of the SDGs.

To achieve these goals, the Strategy and Policy Advice function focuses on three main areas:

  • Generating knowledge that facilitates national debates on Uganda’s socioeconomic development; 
  • Strengthening national capacities to undertake and use evidence-based policy research; and
  • Contributing to national policy and institutional design as well as reform

Over the years, the work undertaken in these areas has enabled UNDP to support several key national policy initiatives. Some of these include the formulation of:

  • The Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP),
  • The first National Development Plan (NDPI 201/11-2014/15),
  • Mid-term review of NDPI and preparation of NDPII (2015/16-2019/20).

In addition, through the strategic policy function, UNDP generates flagship products such as the National Human Development Report (NHDR). The 2015 NHDR with the theme, “Unlocking the Potential of Northern Uganda”, received the Global Award for Excellence in Human Development Reporting from UNDP’s global HDR Office.

The Country Office has supported the government to publish key knowledge products such as the National Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Reports (2007, 2010, 2013, and 2015), the Poverty Status Report (2014), the Sustainable Development Report (2016), Uganda’s progress on implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (2016) and Readiness to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP in partnership with the African Development Bank produces the Annual African Economic Outlook report for Uganda.

To effectively deliver on policy related work, UNDP has built working relationship with government agencies including Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the National Planning Authority and Uganda Bureau of Statistics as well as academia, private sector and Civil Society.  

Transition to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda readiness report for Uganda was prepared and delivered at the 2016 High Level Political Forum in New York with support from UNDP.

UNDP provided technical leadership in monitoring Uganda’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Subsequently, UNDP was able to support the Government of Uganda during the transition to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With UNDP support, the government of Uganda took an early lead in the roll out of the agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This support has delivered the following results:

  • 69 percent of SDGs were mainstreamed in the National Development Plan (NDPII-2015/16-2019/20).
  • 80 out of 113 sub national development plans were aligned to NDPII and SDGs
  • A coordination framework for SDG implementation has been established and operationalised.
  • The 2030 Agenda readiness report for Uganda was prepared and delivered at the 2016 High Level Political Forum in New York.
  • Upstream advocacy on SDG rollout has been sustained by undertaking more than 15 dialogues since 2014.
  • Uganda was the first country globally to domesticate the Financing for Development agenda
  • The UN Uganda SDG publication has served as reference tool for advocacy globally. 

UNDP will continue engaging with stakeholders to ensure sustained momentum on SDG implementation in the country. Current focus is placed on supporting systems for tracking progress, and generating knowledge on what works to deliver on the agenda.

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