Uganda has achieved much in recent years: high economic growth, a substantial reduction in poverty, longer life expectancy and higher per capita income and greater access to primary school education, clean water and legal advice.
IMPROVING WATER SUPPLY AND THE JUDICIARY
Despite these general successes, the North of the country is still lagging a long way behind years after the end of the 20-year conflict. For many years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorised the population in Northern Uganda. Since then, parts of the infrastructure have been rebuilt, but improvements still need to be made to the quality of services in health stations and schools, the police and the courts and also access to clean water. Violence, especially against women, youth unemployment and land disputes are pressing problems. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) supports the population in Uganda with finance for programmes and projects in water supply and sanitation, the promotion of human rights and improvements to the judiciary, where it cooperates closely with the Ugandan Government and civil-society organisations.
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
In its development policy, Uganda attaches priority to economic growth and intends to achieve this through targeted investments in the transport and energy sector, in agriculture and the private sector. That is why cooperation between Austria and Uganda centres on laying the foundation for sustainable economic growth – such as good training opportunities or rule of law. Another major pillar is the expansion of national water supply and sanitation. Austria can draw here on long-standing experience and expertise, which makes it an important partner for Uganda. Austria is a highly regarded member of the donor community; ADA has regularly chaired the donor group in the water sector.
Uganda has been a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation since 1993.