USAID's Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure, and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) Program is assisting Northern Uganda to revitalize its economy and catalyze a return to peace and stability. The program is integrating conflict-affected populations by generating thousands of job opportunities, increasing government’s capacity to plan and deliver services, and laying the foundation for longer term development in key districts within Northern Uganda.
USAID began providing development assistance to Uganda immediately after the latter's attainment of independence in 1962. USAID recognized the country’s potential as the “bread basket” of Africa, with its rich natural resources, and significant rural population. Although priorities have evolved over the past five decades, USAID’s commitment to Uganda continues to focus on improving people’s livelihoods.
Uganda suffered one of Africa’s longest running conflicts as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized communities in northern Uganda for nearly 20 years. Government policy and insecurity in the region during this period led to the displacement of nearly 1.8 million people from their homes into IDP camps while an estimated 25,000 children were abducted by the LRA and forced to commit brutal atrocities. With the end of hostilities and the ensuing demobilization of IDP camps in 2009, the U.N.
Last updated: October 21, 2014