Uganda has secured a financing package of about 1.1 Trillion Shillings
from the World Bank improve service delivery in local governments.
This is additional funding to the 200 billion dollars received
under the Uganda Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers Program for Results,(UgIFT),
to boost service delivery in education, health, water and environment, and
micro-irrigation. This will also include in areas hosting large populations
Of the package, 890 billion shillings is a credit, while 210 billion
shillings will be a grant.
The overall aim is to strengthen the financing of local
governments, increasing the overall level of funding and reducing the
disparities in funding for service delivery across local governments.
Uganda’s public spending on social services remains low, while
allocations to the education dropped by 111 billion shillings to 3.6 trillion
shillings or 7.9 percent this year.
“UgIFT is also a crucial intervention at the local government
level for maintaining financing of health and other basic services, which have
come under strain during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tony Thompson, World
Bank Country Manager.
The original and additional UgIFT financing will
construct, equip and staff at least 259 new secondary schools.
An estimated 1,000 existing
primary schools will receive development grants to refurbish and equip their
facilities to provide better learning environments and meet basic standards. Laboratories will also be constructed in secondary schools that do
not have them.
A total of 14,000 primary and 1,400 secondary school teachers will
be recruited in the least-staffed districts to enable them to meet minimum school
staffing levels. Additional inspectors will also be recruited to meet a ratio of 1
inspector to 40 schools.
The grants for primary and secondary schools will enable schools
to make instructional materials available to teachers and maintain facilities
based on student populations.
In health, the funds will be used to equip, staff and upgrade 380
facilities to health center III levels.
Up to 500 health centres will be able to access development grants
to rehabilitate, expand and equip their facilities to meet minimum
At least 11,000 health workers will also be hired for the
least-staffed districts to enable them to meet minimum facility staffing
levels. Results-Based Financing will be mainstreamed, creating incentives
for service delivery performance.
Allocations for essential medicines will be increased, and the
mechanisms for allocating those supplies and the transparency of allocations
will be enhanced through digitization.
The other sectors to benefit from the funding are water and environment and
small-scale irrigation, to increase safe water coverage in the least
served sub-counties, improving the functionality of existing potable water
supply sources, and enabling investments in water supply for public
An estimated 750,000 people will also benefit from new or repaired
Districts and municipalities will promote environmental
management functions initially focusing on the implementation of public
investments, including water resources management and actions against
For micro-irrigation, up to 8,000 smallholder farmers in
40 districts will access matching grants to purchase and use micro-irrigation
equipment, contributing to rising incomes and food security in rural areas
through improved agricultural productivity and improving the climate resilience
of the poor and vulnerable farming communities.
Rajab Namakoola, the Mbale District Agricultural Officer says that
the interventions in the agriculture sector will go a long way in improving
productivity as the seasons become more difficult to predict.
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The World Bank has provided more than 10 billion dollars in
financing to Uganda since 1963, while its current portfolio in Uganda comprises
24 operations worth 2.8 billion dollars.