The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) works to accelerate economic growth in Uganda by fostering private and public investment in key growth sectors such as agriculture and tourism. Under the current country strategy, USAID aims to reduce poverty and hunger and support sustainable use of Uganda’s natural resources. In the agriculture sector, USAID’s team works in three key commodities -- coffee, maize, and beans that are priorities for the Government of Uganda.
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.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assists the Government of Uganda to build and sustain a democratic, well-governed state that responds to the needs of its growing population. Under the current country strategy, USAID/Uganda aims to strengthen democracy and governance systems and helps make them more accountable. USAID’s program also assists in making the voices of marginalized people heard—particularly, women and youth, and shapes the role of civil society in governance.
The African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF) was launched by Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) in September 2011 with investment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, JP Morgan Social Investing, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Facility is designed to help investee enterprises achieve successful business growth and expansion. While access to capital is a necessary condition for business growth and expansion, it is not sufficient alone.
The Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa (SUWASA) Program is a regional program with the mission of fostering the transformation of water and sanitation delivery services in Africa to achieve long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles. SUWASA is designed to spread effective models of reform at the water utility and sector levels, and to facilitate innovative financing approaches for African water providers. In Uganda, USAID is focused on establishment of an autonomous regulatory agency for urban water supply and sanitation services.
Last updated: February 12, 2016