A report on NUSAF 3 implementation status in Kole District Uganda
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The third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF 3) project is a successor five – year project to NUSAF 2 that closed on February 29th 2016. The project was approved by Cabinet on 5th August 2015; approved by Parliament of Uganda on 4th September 2015; and was declared effective by World Bank on March 14th 2016. NUSAF 3 project is funded by a 130 million-dollar Specific Investment Loan (SIL) from World Bank (IDA). Uganda has experienced two decades of strong economic growth and a significant reduction in poverty. The National Development Plan (NDP) provides an overall framework for development in Uganda. However, despite this progress, a large number of the Ugandan population remains highly vulnerable. There are significant differences between poverty levels in different regions, with northern and eastern regions suffering worse poverty levels on a range of measures. While poverty has declined sharply in central and western regions (in parts because of the growth in urban areas in these regions), much higher rates of poverty continue to characterize northern and eastern parts of the country. The persistence of poverty in these areas can be attributed to the legacy of conflict and violence. The government of Uganda recognizes the need for additional investments to these regions with high poverty rates and poor socio-economic indicators. Both the second National Development Plan (NDP2) and Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) highlights this need. The NDP2 recommends that special programs for areas with high poverty rates and poor socioeconomic indicators be supported with special interventions focusing on rebuilding and revitalizing the local economy an effort to raise the incomes. As a result of the economic stagnation arising out of the two decades of insurgency in Northern Uganda, the Government of Uganda instituted a number of development interventions under Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP) alongside other development partners’ interventions. As part of the broader NURP, the government implemented the first Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF1) which was launched in February 2003 and closed on 31st March 2009. Because the need to eradicate poverty in the North was not accomplished by NUSAF1, the second Northern Uganda social action fund (NUSAF2), a 5-year government of Uganda project was officially launched on February 8th 2010 and closed on February 29th 2016 and now NUSAF 2 is succeeded by NUSAF 3. NUSAF 3 has four components; Component 1. Labor-Intensive Public Works and Disaster Risk Financing (LIPW). Component 2. Livelihood Investment Support (LIS). Component 3. Strengthening Transparency, Accountability, and Anti-Corruption (STAAC). Component 4. Safety Net Mechanisms and Project Management. This report mainly gives an account on the procedures taken during the selection, appraisal, design and implementation including environmental requirements of NUSAF 3 Projects in Kole district under LIPW. The implementation of the projects so far has resulted in a number of benefits to the community; among them include access to Social-economic infrastructures like Markets, Schools, Health centers and Safe drinking water sources and Improvement in income levels of the Households. The fact that NUSAF3 project is Community driven, there are no gaps left in the implementation because the ownership of the project is by the community themselves. The communities were guided on the choice of the contractors, Management of project accounts etc. This led to smooth implementation of the projects for the projects completed so far and is recommended the methodology be adopted by government for future community related projects.