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Uganda

Summary

Over the last 20 years, Uganda has achieved one of the most dramatic reductions in the income poverty headcount of any country in Africa – from 70% living on less than $1.25 a day in 1992 to 38% in 2009. Economic growth was approximately 6% in 2013–14, and planned public sector infrastructure investment is expected to boost growth fur ther to 6.5% in 2014–15. Uganda’s debt continues to be sustainable; however, its revenue to GDP ratio (estimated at 13.7% for 2013–14) remains the lowest in east Africa. Despite high headline growth rates over the last 2 decades, much of this growth has not translated into adequate employment through decent jobs. With high population growth, levels of youth unemployment are increasing. Uganda’s policy framework for social services is strong. It prioritises equitable access to quality social services; however, policies are often not well implemented. Governance trends are concerning and corruption is endemic. In 2013, the UK decided to indefinitely suspend budget support to the Government of Uganda following the 2012 corruption scandal in the office of the Prime Minister.

Top priorities

  • promoting good governance and combating corruption
  • improving maternal and reproductive health
  • supporting economic development and growth including youth skills and job creation
  • increasing access to financial services and regional trade
  • protecting the poorest and most vulnerable

Further resources

FCDO Operational Plan for Uganda
Uganda page on GOV.UK website

Note: Many country summaries were written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and are being incrementally refreshed.

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285K

People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source

1.85K

People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source

194K

Children supported to gain a decent education.

2015 - 2020, Source

Sectors

Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

Budget More information about project status

Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.

£45.5M

2022/2023

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Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
Open Space Center Limited 1
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD 1
London Sch of Hygiene and Trop Medicine 2
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH 1
KfW 1
UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 1
DAI Europe 4
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2
AECOM 4
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 5
AgDevCo 3
Oxford Policy Management 10
Coffey International Development 3
Mercy Corps Europe 5
International Procurement Agency 5
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 4
PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) 3
Overseas Development Institute 4
Ark  3
Mott MacDonald Limited 2
IMC Worldwide 5
Crown Agents Bank 2
World Food Programme (WFP) 4
TradeMark East Africa 3
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) 6
Ernst & Young 2
Save the Children UK 2
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 2
World Health Organization (WHO) 2
Cardno Emerging Markets 3
Financial Sector Deepening 1
CDC Group plc 2

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