Mr. Kabuubi is one of many Ugandans whose livelihoods depend on daily income, now wallowing in uncertainty in their homes.
To salvage the plight of citizens like Mr. Kabuubi, a government recovery programme targeting the most vulnerable would be in order. So, how does government convene when most public officials have been asked to, “Stay Home”? The answer is in virtual meetings or variously referred to as teleworking. This is what makes UNDP’s offer to the Government of Uganda’s response to COVID-19 transformational and important to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
Uganda’s development partners too are teleworking. They need to continue mobilizing resources, produce knowledge products and innovative ways that will help Uganda recover from the crisis and achieve her development aspirations of a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive society that leaves no one behind.
But there are also key services like humanitarian assistance that cannot wait. Uganda is host to over 1.2 million refugees! The virtual interface of development partners, government officials, local government leaders and staff of UN agencies and humanitarian agencies, becomes a continuous necessity.
The broad offer
Provision of Zoom digital services is not the only offer UNDP is making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNDP is also supporting the reactivation of National Emergency, Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC) to provide a robust whole-of-government platform to anchor government’s preparedness to crises and shocks. UNDP will also assess the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and support recovery interventions.
UNDP has invested in building a next-generation network of innovation and digital solutions across its global team – a critical institutional asset in responding to this complex health crisis. The UNDP Accelerator Lab network in Uganda is also sensing strong and weak signals of changes and sourcing local solutions to the crisis.
As the UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Elsie Attafuah affirmed, “UNDP’s support will improve coordination of COVID-19 response and recovery, strengthen service delivery in this critical time and drastically reduce physical contact to limit the spread of the disease. As always, UNDP is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone, everywhere.”
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By Hadijah Nabbale
Head of Solutions Mapping – Accelerator Lab Uganda