Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the project “Northern Uganda Early Recovery Project” in Uganda

July 13, 2009

  1. On 13 July, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 3,914,193.80 US dollars (approximately 403.2 million yen) through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Northern Uganda Early Recovery Project” in the Republic of Uganda, which is going to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  2. During the past 20 years, about 1.5 million people have been displaced as a consequence of the war between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). With the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in August 2006 and the subsequent improvement in security, the rate of return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their communities has risen. In the period of transition from humanitarian and emergency relief to rehabilitation and development, this project aims to ensure self-sustainable development in return communities through an integrated services delivery and community-based recovery approach. Following activities will be implemented;

    -Facilitating resettlement and recovery among the targeted people through improving community roads that connect them to basic social services and providing trainings on participatory development management;

    -Improving the production capacity and income of 10,000 households (60,000 individuals) through providing trainings on agricultural business and marketing technologies, establishing Village Savings and Loans Associations, and conducting business/marketing/skills trainings;

    -Improving the health, nutritional, and HIV/AIDS status of people through providing technical support to district health teams and conducting outreaches to hard-to-reach areas and return areas with no functional health facilities;

    -Allowing 16 sub-counties to engage in peace building and conflict prevention processes through conducting inter-ethnic group meetings, civil-military dialogue meetings, and community reconciliation and dialogue meetings with women, youth, religious, and scultural/local leaders.
  3. This project is expected to promote a rapid and self-sustainable recovery of the returned populations and their communities in Northern Uganda.

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