Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities (ISNC)

What is the project about?

 InclusiveandSustainableNewCommunitiesinUganda(ISNCU)School children use a community cleared road as part of the ISNCU project in Kabarole district, Western Uganda (Photocredit: UNDPUganda2015).

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.

The SMU model, adopted from the Republic of Korea, is based on the  principles of diligence, self-help and cooperation towards transformed communities with a long-term shared vision of a better life for all through small-scale self-help projects.

The project is funded by the Republic of Korea through the Korea International Development Agency (KOICA); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda. 


Project objective

The project’s main objective is to support Uganda’s transformation through community-driven integrated and sustainable local development. The need of mind-set change is especially strong in the post-conflict areas where long-lasting donor support has created a dependency syndrome. The SMU model’s goal is to promote it’s the self-reliance and self-help approach in these areas to enable these communities take change of their development through their own initiative. This inadvertently leads to community ownership of their own development.  

This is all intended to support Uganda’s transformation through community-driven integrated and sustainable local development. More specifically, the project intends to; 

  • Strengthen the Institutional system of local development
  • Enhance cohesiveness and Inclusiveness of community development
  • Improve and increased local resources and financing mechanisms
  • Scale-up proven sustainability innovations
  • Generate knowledge about its successes, document and disseminate it.  

Project achievements

Fifteen pilot communities across Uganda will take part in this project, these will be in three districts including Kabarole, Luuka and Maracha. The main implementing partner for the project will be the Government of Uganda the Ministry of Ministry of Local Government (MoLG).

Activities under the project will include;

i) Rollout in 15 communities with a particular focus on sustainability, including;

  • Human capital development: mind-set change, local leadership development, social cohesion, women and youth engagement.
  • Reinforcing a participatory and inclusive local service delivery, with emphasis on transparency, accountability, participation and local ownership.
  • Scale-up of new and locally appropriate technology: ICT, sustainable agriculture, clean energy etc. through national assessment, codification, certification and dissemination systems.
  • Piloting innovative financing mechanisms to ensure that the funds reach communities and to generate sustainable sources of financing.

ii) Overall policy support for impact at national and policy levels, including;

  • Achieving impact of scale by linking project activities to existing national policy/programmes and planning.
  • Creation of a science policy interface for local development through engagement of a network of research institutions and CSO.

iii) Strengthen the existing local development monitoring and evaluation system for rigorous tracking and review of progress and results and local government performance assessment on sustainable community development in Uganda.

iv) Synthesis report on lessons learned produced and shared for global scaling up through South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Project funding

The project is funded by the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Uganda was  allocated USD $1,000,000, of which US $400,000 is for policy support and capacity development while USD $600,000 is for the 15 communities (at $ 40,000 per community). The Government of Uganda and the communities contributed in-kind.

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