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Danida launches a new four-year programme "Uganda Programem for Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the Economy"

16.05.2019  14:54

Danida has launched a new four-year programme (2019-2022) called Uganda Programme on Sustainable and Inclusive Development of the Economy (UPSIDE).


The overall rationale behind UPSIDE is to achieve wide-ranging and sustainable economic development in Uganda for both nationals and refugees. The UPSIDE programme will work towards this target through investments in both improved production, processing and trade, while making sure the engagements comply with both their social and environmental responsibilities. The interventions of the programme will have a special focus on improving the market linkages for the poor, increase the capacity of the value chain actors, reduce trade barriers, and improve the competitiveness of businesses.


The interventions in the UPSIDE programme will increase income and employment for smallholder farmers and in agribusinesses, and in that way contribute to reduce poverty. This will help push Uganda towards middle-income status, and improve the opportunities for the future of her population.


The programme has three main partners: Agribusiness Initiative (aBi), TradeMark East Africa Uganda (TMEA), and the Northern Uganda Resilience Initiative (NURI), which in total are supported with DKK 605 million (UGX 343 billion).

UPSIDE builds upon the achievements of the previous Danida programme called Uganda Growth Programme, which have shown significant results regarding increased production, income and employment. The programme will work with small-scale farmers, small and medium enterprises and government institutions. Through NURI, there will be a specific focus on climate smart agriculture, to increase resilience to climate change and improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers. Through aBi, the programme will continue to support farmers and small and medium agribusinesses to expand and sustain their businesses, thus creating more jobs and increase in income. Finally, through TMEA, the programme will work to improve the conditions for trade in the region. This will be done by simplifying the processes for cross border trade, establishing an e-platform that will enable buyers connect to the sellers and complete transactions without travelling long distances. UPSIDE is thus a value chain programme, that supports the agricultural value chain in Uganda from primary production, through the different levels of processing, and all the way to cross border export in the region.


All three engagements were launched in three different districts in Northern Uganda from 14-16 May. The engagements were launched by the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires e.p. Mrs Majbrit Holm Jakobsen through a series of colourful events graced by Ugandan Government ministers, thus: the Minister of State for Northern Uganda, Hon Grace Kuchwunyi and the Minister of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives, Honourable Amelia Kyambadde. Over 1000 people attended the events that attracted beneficiaries and government officials from both the local and central government.


Read the Danish Country Programme Document here: Country Programme for Uganda 2018-2020

To learn more about the programmes, you can find videos about NURI, aBi and TMEA here.

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