The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has pledged Government support and partnership with the UN through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). He noted that through the different pillars which include Governance, Human capital development and Sustainable and inclusive economic development, UNDAF has yielded remarkable achievements.
Rugunda observed that the achievements were further enhanced by the fact that the pillars are in line with the NPDII and the National Partnership dialogue framework aspirations.
The Prime Minister made these remarks during the Government of Uganda and the UN Country Team policy coordination committee meeting which took place at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The meeting was meant to review the progress of the Implementation of UNDAF.
The platform was adopted in 2015 with the aim of increasing government’s oversight and national ownership of UNDAF as well as enhancing direct engagement between UN and Government of Uganda.
The Premier hailed UNDAF for the remarkable progress made since its launch. ‘This has enabled Government to enhance its commitment to service delivery and transformation’, he said. The United Nations Agencies adopted the framework which entails working closely with the government to minimize duplication of efforts and transaction costs making programming more efficient.
He noted that Uganda was in a strong position to achieve many of the SDGs especially if the expected results under UNDAF pillars are achieved. The Premier called upon the UN agencies to enhance its collaboration with government in overcoming challenges that hinder the country’s national transformational agenda. ‘As government we shall continue strengthening our coordination function to harness all the synergies with our development partners, civil society, academia and the private sector to achieve results for improved service delivery’, Rugunda said.
The UN Resident Coordinator Rosa Malango applauded government for its continued effort towards development and hosting a large influx of refugees in the country. She noted that the upcoming solidarity summit on refugees is an excellent an opportunity for Uganda to show case her transformational agenda which includes promotion of peace and development.
She also called for a strong focus on prevention of HIV/AIDS, promotion of transparency and accountability to develop the country. Malango pledged UN’s support and commitment to Uganda by assisting refugees, and to monitor the SDGs, among others.
UNDAF 2016-2020 was developed by the UN agencies in collaboration with government and is aligned to the NDPII. The meeting was attended by UN officials and senior government officials.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA