THE Minister of State for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation, Agard Didi, at the weekend launched a US$100m(sh180b) Northern Uganda Social Action Fund Project (NUSAF).
Nicholas Kajoba writes that Didi launched the programme at Colline Hotel, Mukono, after a three-days workshop for chief administrative officers and district information officers from the north.
The Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Brig. Moses Ali, closed the workshop on Friday.
The World Bank country representative, Robert Blake and the Permanent Secretary office of the Prime Minister, Martin Odwedo, attended.
The project complements government efforts to reduce poverty by targeting 18 districts in the five sub-regions in the north. They are Acholi, Karamoja, Lango, Teso and West Nile.
Didi said development in the north had been stifled by local and cross-border conflicts.
â€œThe NUSAF will assist the Government in its effort to tackle poverty and development through participatory community efforts,â€ he said.
He advised CAOs as implementers of the project, to transform the region and improve the standard of living of the people. Didi hailed the Government and the World Bank for initiating and funding NUSAF.
NUSAF is part of the broader second Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP II).
The programme will overcome underdevelopment through direct grants to communities and will give leadership in development and resource mobilisation.
Didi launches northern project