12 April 2010
The Government of Japan Grants
approx. 23 million USD for Social Development
The Government of Japan provided total of JPY 2.291 billion (approximately USD 23 million) for implementing the following three projects in Uganda. The Exchange of Notes for the projects between the Government of Uganda (GoU) and the Government of Japan as well as the Grant Agreement between the GoU and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was signed on 12 April 2010.
1. Project for Social Infrastructure Development for Promoting Return and Re-settlement of Internally Displaced Persons
This project rehabilitates and constructs community access roads and bridges in Acholi Sub-region. To support IDPs return process in the region, the project aims at providing them with sustainable and safe access to social service and promoting economic activity. It is expected that about 560,000 people who live along the project sites will directly benefit from the project.
2. The Programme for the Improvement of Capabilities to cope with Natural Disasters Caused by Climate Change
The issue of climate change has been highlighted and vigorously discussed among global stakeholders. Recent irregular rainfall patterns would seem to threaten agricultural based livelihoods in Uganda, which is likely to weaken national food security unless proactive actions are taken. The programme will support Uganda to address these issues by providing necessary equipment for rainwater harvesting, supplementary irrigation and storage.
3. The Project for the Improvement of Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization
In spite of making every endeavor in the sector, Uganda’s health indicators remain inadequate with one of the highest child mortality rates among African countries (mortality rates of children under five years old, infant and new born mark respectively 130, 82 and 30 per 1,000 live births: UNICEF “The State of the World’s Children 2009”). To tackle the issue, the project supports to strengthen national immunization system by providing cold chain supplies throughout the country.
Those projects mentioned above are to realize the commitments Japanese Government made at TICAD IV
(Tokyo International Conference for African Development). TICAD IV held in May 2008 in Yokohama, Japan, brought up boosting economic growth, ensuring human security (including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the consolidation of peace), and addressing environmental issues/climate change as critical factors to achieve sustainable development in Africa.
H.E.Mr. Keiichi Kato, Ambassador of Japan and Hon. Syda N.M.Bbumba, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development at the signing ceremony