SIR â€” The management and staff of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) wish to begin 2006 by thanking the Government, the World Bank, people of northern Uganda and all stakeholders for the concerted efforts made to reduce poverty in northern Uganda in 2005.
As we say bye to 2005 it is important to take stock of what was planned, achieved and make projections for future interventions. The main goal of NUSAF is to use targeted investments in a participatory, equitable and sustainable manner.
The project is to reduce poverty and promote reconciliation in the 18 districts in the north and east of Uganda. The project which started in February 2003 will continue up to February 2008 when 113.5 million dollars is expected to be absorbed in Community Development Initiatives (CDI), Vulnerable Groups Support (VGS) and Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management (CRCM) community sub-projects.
Since the beginning of 2005 more than sh30b has been spent on community sub-projects in the 18 districts. By September 2005, 2626 sub-projects had been generated and funded.
In November sh11.5b was disbursed to support more than 1000 community sub-projects in the sub-regions of Karamoja, Teso, Lango, Acholi and West Nile. Following a successful Mid-Term Review by the World Bank and NUSAF management in October 2005, a revision of the Operational Manual was undertaken, spelling out the beneficiaries, coordination, tranching modalities, transparency, accountability and organisational structures for better service delivery. The changes were as a result of operational experiences in implementation and lessons learnt.
The challenge, therefore, is to consolidate the gains by increased accountability, to make sub-projects functional and sustainable. This year will be a turning point when NUSAF is expected to boost household incomes.
NUSAF grateful to partners