Assistance for a Poverty Alleviation Project for Ex-combatants in Northern Uganda through the Trust Fund for Human Security
October 20, 2005
- On October 20 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,436,987.10 US dollar (approximately 155.19 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Multi-skills training and community service facilities for sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation - Reintegration of ex-combatants and former rebels -" to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Uganda.
- This project will be implemented in Yumbe District of Northern Uganda where poverty level is exceptionally higher than other districts as a result of the civil strife in the past. The project will encourage local communities to be active participants and focus on promoting social reintegration and self sustainability of ex-combatants, former rebels and their families by implementing vocational and other forms of training in the rural communities, while taking into account of the needs and abilities of each individual.
- This project is expected to benefit approximately 6,500 ex-combatants and former rebels through vocational training in woodworking, metalworking, food processing and assistance in starting micro-enterprises, and to contribute to poverty reduction in the target district through these activities.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of approximately 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted more than 130 UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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