The European Union (EU) and the Federal Republic of Germany have committed grant financing to the tune of Euro 36.4 million (UGX 160 billion) to support Ugandan civil society organisations and to promote rural development as well as climate smart agriculture, particularly in Northern Uganda.
The two programmes “Civil Society in Uganda Support Programme” (CUSP) and “Promoting Rural Development in Northern Uganda” (PRUDEV) will be implemented by the German implementing agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ. They are being co-funded by the European Union (Euro 30 million) and the German Federal Government (Euro 6.4 million).
In this context, a new cooperation office was opened in Gulu on June 22, 2018, by German Ambassador Albrecht Conze, EU Head of Cooperation Cédric Merel, and the Cabinet Minister for Local Government Hon. Col. Tom Butime.
CUSP will be implemented nationwide by GIZ and has a strong focus on technical assistance and capacity development to strengthen Civil Society Organizations and to promote their interaction with relevant state institutions. The aim is to contribute to an environment conducive for civil society participation in the development of Uganda. The programme will support organizations providing services in a wide range of sectors, such as infrastructure, water, energy, rural development, and good governance with a special focus on women and youth.
PRUDEV on the other hand is aimed at improving local economic development in Northern Uganda with a strong focus on market integration through improving management skills of agricultural producers and processors. Selected local governments will be assisted in the implementation of their respective local economic development plan. Furthermore, the programme will promote climate-smart agriculture (CSA) amongst smallholder farmers to help mitigate climate change.
Both programmes are meant to promote sustainable development of Northern Uganda by improving livelihoods and encouraging meaningful political participation.