27 May 2013
Japan Supports the Recovery and Reconstruction
of Northern Uganda in Acholi
Today, H.E. Kazuo Minagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, will attend the handover ceremony of “the Project for Social Infrastructure Development for Promoting Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons” to be held at Otaka Bridge in Agago District. The project has been funded by a grant from the Government of Japan totaling 1.34 billion yen, approximately 13.4 million USD.
Through the project, six new bridges and one road have been constructed, one road improved, and four old district roads and community access roads rehabilitated in Acholi Sub-region. The region was heavily afflicted by LRA insurgencies over the 20 years with over two million IDPs created and social service delivery disrupted. Though the resettlement of the IDPs started in 2006, basic social infrastructure facilities still remain to be rehabilitated and developed. Many people living in Acholi still suffer from the lack of basic social infrastructure facilities, hindering the IDPs from sustainable return and resettlement.
It was against such backgrounds that the Government of Japan decided in 2010 to support the project aiming at providing the IDPs with sustainable and safe access to social services and promoting their economic activities. Some 226,000 IDPs in the region will directly benefit from the project.