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World Bank Commits More Funding for NUSAF-III

The increase comes as the phase enters its second year of implementation in Northern and North Eastern Uganda. The World Bank set out to invest USD 130 million over a period of five years through provision of income support to the poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda.

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The funding threshold of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF-3) is set to rise from USD 10 Million (35.7 billion Shillings) this year, to USD 40 million (143 billion Shillings) next financial year.

The increase comes as the phase enters its second year of implementation in Northern and North Eastern Uganda. The World Bank set out to invest USD 130 million over a period of five years through provision of income support to the poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda.

Dr Robert Limlim, the NUSAF Executive Director says half of the funding released to kick start the implementation has gone towards addressing disaster risks related to the prolonged drought experienced in the region.

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Dr Limlim says the funds have been tailored to target individual households settled around wetlands, rivers and streams from which they derive their livelihoods to access markets, improve their roads and productive capacities among others.

It is hoped that funding under the first component of the project will provide regular and seasonal employment opportunities to more than 100,000 poor and vulnerable households in selected districts.

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James Penywii, the Director of Operations in the Office of the Inspector General of Government says the project will be implemented in a participatory approach to create impacts on targeted beneficiaries. Penywii says NUSAF-III is already supporting farmers in Purongo Sub County in Nwoya district to cultivate Cassava for a factory in the district. He says the farmer group is expected to earn 90 million Shillings after eight months.

Government introduced NUSAF I and II to address development gaps created by the effects of civil strives, insurgencies and cattle rustling perpetuated for long in Northern and North Eastern part of the country.

The first phase worth USD 133 million (475 billion Shillings) and the second phase worth USD 100 million (357 billion Shillings), were implemented between 2003 and, 2015 were instrumental in building community infrastructure, such as roads, schools, health centres and water sources. They were also used to fund income-generating activities for vulnerable groups; promoting community reconciliation and conflict management and supporting institutional development.

Implementation of the NUSAF project has seen poverty rates in Northern Uganda decline from 65 percent in 2005 to 43 percent today.

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