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Recovery and Development in Northern Uganda

Support to ‘Recovery and Development in Northern Uganda’ Component (NUC) is the third of three components of Danida’s U-Growth II Programme. The objective of the component is to increase resilience and create equitable participation of Northern Uganda in the economic development of the country. The NUC addresses this objective through three strategic interventions: agricultural production and marketing, rural infrastructure and local government capacity building. NUC is aligned to Uganda’s National Development Plan and to the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda. 

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The support to northern Uganda is justified on account of the high (46%) levels of poverty in the north, compared to the national average (24.5%). The prolonged conflict of over two decades (1986 - 2006) and the influx of refugee from the neighbouring South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, has resulted in a fragile region and created high regional disparities. As a result northern Uganda continues to lag behind the rest of the country in all socio-economic indicators. Access to public services (agric. extension, education, water, health care etc.) and infrastructure remain highly unequal and likewise the level of private sector development is much lower in the north. The large degree of poverty in northern Uganda is considered a serious threat to the rural population’s right to an adequate standard of living.

Therefore, through the agriculture production and marketing intervention, the programme aims to increase the value of agricultural production for 72,000 households by 25%. While under rural infrastructure, which is constructed using labour intensive approach, the target is to create 2 million work days of employment for local communities, while improving agriculture related rural infrastructure. Relatedly, the component plans to provide capacity for district local governments in the areas of agriculture and rural infrastructure.

The agriculture production and marketing intervention is implemented by district farmers associations or similar NGOs and Uganda National Agro-input Dealers Association (UNADA). Danish Refugee Council implements the rural infrastructure intervention. The programme is being implemented from 2014 – 2018 in six (6) districts in northern Uganda and has a total budget of DKK 150 million.