Country Uganda
Region Africa
Duration Start 1 October, 2017 till 31 December, 2018
Field of expertise Involving Citizens in Decision Making
Policy field(s) Post-conflict reconstruction
Funding Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Project code 11372
Uganda saw a huge influx of refugees escaping conflict and famine, doubling Uganda's refugee population to an estimated 1.4 million refugees; over 1.000.000 of whom are South Sudanese and the number is still rising. The mass influx over the last year, is placing an enormous strain on the already stressed ability of District Local Governments (DLGs) to enhance social and economic development and deliver social services to the people, such as water and sanitation, waste management, health care and education.

The lack of capacity of DLGs, and the replacement of these public entities by humanitarian actors and partners, cannot be seen as a sustainable nor permanent solution for the provision of basic services. Therefore, this project is built on the notion that whilst the traditional humanitarian efforts need to be sustained or even scaled up, it should be complemented by innovative development programmes targeting local governments to address the medium to longer term socio- economic impacts of forced displacement. This is in line with the United Nations' Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), for which Uganda is a pilot country.

The programme aims to strengthen the resilience of local governments, in dealing with the huge impact of refugees within their area, thereby improving the living conditions of both the host communities as well as the (South Sudanese) refugees.

Outcome 1
Promoting social cohesion between the host communities and the refugees i.e. legitimacy and inclusion: Here the project intends to empower host communities and refugees to better engage with DLGs, throughout the DLGs decision making and planning processes, resulting in a more responsive DLG, thereby allowing the DLGs to better position itself as a reliable local development actor, which is able to balance host community versus refugee support and humanitarian aid versus medium to long term development.

Outcome 2
Promoting enhanced public service delivery through improved planning, delivery, maintenance, financial management and investments in waste management and food security. Under this outcome the project will work towards enhancing the capacity of DLGs to do sustainable scenario planning and to improve upon its service delivery functions, thereby enhancing its legitimacy, as DLGs will be better able to respond to current and future needs of its citizens, being both host communities and refugees.

Outcome 3
Promoting Local Economic Development through enhancing economic resilience, circular economy and agriculture. Under this outcome the project aims to enhance DLGs' capacities to support host communities and refugees to become more economically resilient, through the promotion of circular economy and agricultural practices.

The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) in the following district local governments:
* Koboko District Local Government & Koboko Municipal Council
* Yumbe District Local Government
* Adjumani District Local Government