The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) is supporting the implementation of the NDPII through funding the 5 year United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). This if based on the three pillars; Governance, Human Capital Development and Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development. Government of Uganda and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) conducted a Joint Steering Committee meeting on 28th March, 2019 to assess the extent to which the UNDAF 2016-2020 objectives have been achieved during the last 2 years of implementation. The midterm evaluation was conducted between July and November 2018.

Rt. Hon Prime Minister (center) the UN Resident Coordinator on the left and the Minister for General duties on the right together with other government officials and the UN Country Team

The meeting took place at the Conference Hall, Office of the President in Kampala under the chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.  The high level meeting was attended by Ministers, the UN Country Team, Permanent Secretaries and Technical Officers.

The UN-Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango in her statement mentioned that the review provided space for discussion of achievements and shared outcomes from the UN partnerships in Uganda. She further mentioned that this was an opportune time to reflect on what had been done and how to improve it for achievement of better results by 2020. The improvement in performance would be realized if all parties rose up to embrace innovation in the move to achieve the SDG targets and the EAC agenda 2050. She thanked the government for the continued cooperation and support in the achievement of the UNDAF objectives and committed that UN would continue working with the Government of Uganda, Humanitarian Organizations and the Civil Society under the UNDAF platform to promote attainment of the SDG targets.

The Minister for General Duties Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut, emphasized that as the cabinet focal person for SDGs, she committed to working with the UN Country Team to see that the 2030 agenda was delivered on and commended them for always supporting government.

The Prime Minister pointed out that government of Uganda’s key development objectives as specified in the NDPII and the objectives of UNDAF are aligned. This makes the midterm evaluation important as far as giving accountability on United Nations support to the country was concerned. He further stated that UN has continued to be a reliable partner in Uganda’s transformation in a number of interventions like; resettlement of 1.1million refugees; disaster response management and resettlement of displaced families like the case of 7200 people in Bududa; strengthening and support of the Nutrition program; increasing government transparency and accountability; building human and institutional capacities among others. He added that the UNDAF findings presented an opportunity for government to track and asses the level of implementation of the recommendations, the delivery modalities, how to consolidate achievements and as well address the challenges.

He mentioned that in the remaining period capital intensive and infrastructure commitments had to be fast tracked to enable industrialization, value addition, job creation and improved livelihood for the citizens. The meeting was concluded by adopting the proposed agenda for action by both government and the UN Country Team, which recommended strengthening coordination, mainstreaming of SDGs in NDP III, UNDAF 2021 and inclusion of refugees across all pillars and sectors in the NDP III and UNDAF 2021, this was followed by a prayer that all the proposed interventions reach the Ugandan at the lowest level.

By Nassali Aminah