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Over the last 40 years, UNDP has implemented several development programmes in support of Government development efforts focusing mainly on the elimination of poverty, reduction of inequalities and exclusion, promoting effective governance, national resources management and access to energy, addressing environmental degradation, climate change and disaster risk reduction through linking local insights and global perspectives.
In 2016, UNDP unveiled a new five-year Country Programme Document (CPD) anchored on long term solutions to national development challenges. The CPD is aligned to and supports national efforts to realize the National Development Plan (NDP II) 2016-2010, and the Uganda long-term vision 2040. It is also aligned to the United National Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2010, which guides the UN Programming in the country. This alignment enables UNDP to contribute to national development efforts and to support the government of Uganda to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The current UNDP Country Programming focusses on two key portfolios and five key flagship programmes areas, with Gender Equality and Women Empowerment integral in our development mandate.
- Inclusive and Effective Governance (IEG) Portfolio: UNDP believes that effective governance is critical to ensuring that development benefits the people for whom its targeted. This can be achieved if government puts in place deliberate policies and institutional mechanisms that can combat corruption, improve service delivery and ensure inclusive participation in decision making. The IEG portfolio focusses on the following programme areas;
- Rule of Law and Constitutional Development (RLCD) Programme: The programme aims at entrenching rule of law, separation of powers and constitutional democracy in Uganda. The programme focusses on; legal reforms, nurturing the independence of institutions of democracy such as; Parliament, Judiciary, Electoral Commission; capacity development on law enforcement systems, and social engagement to promote a culture of constitutional democracy and protection of human rights.
- Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Programme: The programme follows a transformational development approach to address the bottlenecks that hinder institutional effectiveness; transparency and accountability in Uganda’s public sector. It majorly focusses on addressing gaps in policy, legal, regulatory and operational frameworks; institutional capacities for effective policy implementation and accountability as well as public demand for transparency and accountability from the public sector.
- Peace, Security and System Resilience (PSSR) Programme: UNDP, through this programme, works with other UN agencies to support formulation of legislation as well as implementation through innovative ways of promoting peace for social cohesion among communities. The interventions focus on inter-communal and cross border peace efforts with various border communities across the country and neighboring countries such as; DRC, Sudan and Somalia. It also addresses issues of organized crime; trafficking terrorism and violent extremism; small arms proliferation, international border demarcation as well as Sustainable Development Goal 16 audit.
- Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development (SIED) Portfolio: Development without protecting natural resources is a major threat to sustainable development. This portfolio focuses on improving capacities to respond to Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Inclusive Green Growth. It is premised on the idea that degradation of natural resources increases vulnerability to climate change and gender inequality. Investments in this portfolio are therefore intended to enable Uganda to manage her natural resources in a better way, reduce the risk to climate change and expand economic opportunities for women, youth and other vulnerable groups of people. SIED has two flagship programmes namely:
- Climate Change Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) Programme: This programme focusses on promoting climate resilient development with emphasis on supporting government and local communities in the fight against climate change and its effects. This is through supporting environment policy development and enforcement, improved farming methods, protecting and restoring forests, wetlands, among other things.
- Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) Programme: The programme’ s main aim is to support government’s efforts towards economic transformation that is inclusive and follows the green growth pathway. Through this programme, UNDP supports the government to enhance its capacity in natural resources management, particularly among women, the younger generation, in a way that promotes entrepreneurship, livelihood and job creation.
Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: Promoting Gender Equality and Women Empowerment is integrated in UNDP’s development mandate. We recognize Gender Equality as a human rights issue and a driver of development processes. Our latest approach to deepening Gender Equality is the Gender Equality Seal, which establishes standards that link gender equality at the workplace. Over 40 private enterprises in Uganda have committed to promoting gender equality under this arrangement.