Paul Edobo, the district NUSAF Desk Officer, says finally all is in place to roll-out the programme. He says the NUSAF third phase should have started in August this year but didnt take off because of difficulties in accessing the funds.
Arua district is finally set to start the implementation of the third phase of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund-NUSAF 3.
The implementation had delayed for three months after the district failed to access funds from the central government through the Integrated Financial Management System.
Paul Edobo, the district NUSAF Desk Officer, says finally all is in place to roll-out the programme. He says the NUSAF third phase should have started in August this year but didn't take off because of difficulties in accessing the funds. According to Edobo most of the technical issues hindering the accessibility of the funds through the system have been rectified for the programme to start early next week.
Launched in March this year, NUSAF 3 will last for the next five years.
Edobo says the project comprises of public works and disaster risk financing which will provide beneficiaries from poor and vulnerable households with an opportunity to earn in return for their participation in the activities.
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He calls on the community members to embrace the new system that the government has introduced since the previous NUSAF approaches to disburse resources to the communities in isolated places had less impact on the people.
NUSAF3 aims to provide effective income support and build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda. The project comprises of four components, including labour-intensive public works (LIPW) and disaster risk financing. This will provide beneficiaries from poor and vulnerable households with a seasonal transfer for multiple years in return for their participation in LIPW.
The second component, livelihood investment will support the government's aim to extend livelihood assistance to poor and vulnerable households. This is aimed at increasing their productive assets and incomes. It consists of two sub-components; improved household income support program; and sustainable livelihoods pilot.
The third component is strengthening transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption (TAAC). It includes sensitisation and awareness of targeted communities to prevent misuse of project resources, and enforcement through investigation and prosecution.
The fourth component is safety net mechanisms and project management.