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UK gives Uganda £700m for development activities

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd November 2007 03:00 AM

UGANDA will receive £700m as development assistance from the UK for the next 10 years. “We plan to provide at least £70m in each of the next 10 years through this new Development Plan Arrangement (DPA),” said UK Minister for International Development Shriti Vadera on Thursday.

UGANDA will receive £700m as development assistance from the UK for the next 10 years. “We plan to provide at least £70m in each of the next 10 years through this new Development Plan Arrangement (DPA),” said UK Minister for International Development Shriti Vadera on Thursday.

By Geresom Musamali

UGANDA will receive £700m as development assistance from the UK for the next 10 years. “We plan to provide at least £70m in each of the next 10 years through this new Development Plan Arrangement (DPA),” said UK Minister for International Development Shriti Vadera on Thursday.

“This arrangement signals the UK’s long term commitment to support Uganda’s development,” she said. “I welcome the strong progress that Uganda continues to make in reducing poverty, which has almost halved since 1992/93.”

She signed an agreement with the finance minister, Dr Erza Suruma at the new Department of Foreign and International Assistance offices in Kamwokya.

“The partnership is based on a shared commitment to reduce poverty, tackle corruption and respect human rights and our international obligations,” she noted. “The Development Partnership Arrangement signals our long term commitment to Uganda’s development and is an important part of our efforts to improve the predictability of aid.”

Vadera also announced that the UK would provide Poverty Reduction Budget Support to Uganda of £35m in 2007/08. “The UK’s total programme in Uganda in 2007/08 is £70m. Of this we will allocate £35m to budget support to poverty for poverty reduction and at least £15m will meet humanitarian needs and recovery efforts in the north, including water and sanitation, health and emergency food aid as required.

“The remainder will support public service reform, public financial management, anti-corruption effort, revenue mobilisation, accountability through Parliament and civil society, health as well as water and sanitation.

UK gives Uganda £700m for development activities

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