UK Renews its Committment to Poverty Reduction Support to Uganda

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The United Kingdom's Department for International Development has allayed fears that it will cut aid to Uganda because of the global economic recession.
A statement from the office of the UK International Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander, says the UK will maintain its poverty reduction budgetary support to Uganda at 35 million pounds this financial year.
Alexander says the strong progress that Uganda continues to make in reducing poverty is welcomed. Uganda's poverty levels have been halved since 1992. He however adds that there are still important steps which need to be taken, including implementation of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan in northern Uganda, a tougher stance on corruption and renewed attention to public sector reform.
The UK's total programme in Uganda in 2008/09 is 70 million pounds.
According to the department for international development, in addition to the poverty reduction support, 15 million pounds will be allocated to meet residual humanitarian needs and recovery efforts in the North. The remainder will support ongoing project activities including in public service reform, public financial management, anti-corruption institutions and improved revenue mobilisation.
The UK recently signed off a new 5-year, 100 million-pound strategy in Uganda. The strategy involved recovery and development in northern Uganda; budget support; support to the roads sector; support to the accountability sector; gender issues and HIV and AIDS.