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Summary

Over the last 20 years, Uganda has achieved one of the most dramatic reductions in the income poverty headcount of any country in Africa – from 70% living on less than $1.25 a day in 1992 to 38% in 2009. Economic growth was approximately 6% in 2013–14, and planned public sector infrastructure investment is expected to boost growth fur ther to 6.5% in 2014–15. Uganda’s debt continues to be sustainable; however, its revenue to GDP ratio (estimated at 13.7% for 2013–14) remains the lowest in east Africa. Despite high headline growth rates over the last 2 decades, much of this growth has not translated into adequate employment through decent jobs. With high population growth, levels of youth unemployment are increasing. Uganda’s policy framework for social services is strong. It prioritises equitable access to quality social services; however, policies are often not well implemented. Governance trends are concerning and corruption is endemic. In 2013, the UK decided to indefinitely suspend budget support to the Government of Uganda following the 2012 corruption scandal in the office of the Prime Minister.

Top priorities

  • promoting good governance and combating corruption
  • improving maternal and reproductive health
  • supporting economic development and growth including youth skills and job creation
  • increasing access to financial services and regional trade
  • protecting the poorest and most vulnerable

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Uganda
Uganda page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2016/2017 More information about the total project budget £95,716,293
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.94%
  • Active Projects 21
  • Population ( source World Bank): 39.03 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2012, source World Bank): 34.64%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 5.78
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 5.14%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Uganda.