Karte Uganda

German-Ugandan development cooperation dates back to 1964, two years after the East African state declared its independence. Today GIZ has 25 seconded experts, 29 development workers and junior development workers, 8 CIM experts and 179 national personnel working in Uganda.

The first decades of Uganda’s independence were marred by civil wars. In 1986 President Yoweri Museveni ushered in a period of peace and consolidation throughout much of the country. The impoverished north, where the Lord’s Resistance Army under rebel leader Joseph Kony operated until 2008 and which was the scene of much ethnic conflict, has since 2009 been the focus of reconstruction work.

For ten years now the country has chalked up annual economic growth rates of between 5 and 7%. Yet Uganda remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked Uganda 161st of 186 countries listed in 2012, in the ‘Low human development’ category. At 3.6% per annum, its high population growth rate coupled with rising inflation further aggravate the situation for the almost 37 million Ugandans. About one third of the population live below the poverty line, but only ten years ago more than half the population lived in poverty. Progress in reducing poverty is expected to continue.

The country’s potential lies in its fertile soil and its warm, tropical climate with two rainy seasons a year. Agriculture provides jobs for more than 80% of the workforce, making it the single most important source of income. It is, however, struggling with outdated production methods and threatened by continuing deforestation and climate change.

Uganda has small reserves of copper, gold and minerals, as well as recently discovered oil reserves. The country is set to become an oil exporter.

In 2007 the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) declared Uganda a priority country. The following priority areas were agreed:

  • Financial sector
  • Water sector
  • Energy sector.
Other projects are working to promote human rights and food security, preserve peace in the country’s northern regions, and strengthen evaluation capacities and governance statistics. HIV/AIDS control is part of every programme.

GIZ is also involved in five development partnerships with the private sector in Uganda.

At national and international level we are supporting the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in planning and coordinating the sustainable management of water resources in the Nile Basin. The equitable use of the waters of the Nile, which is regulated by the NBI, prevents water-related conflicts and contributes to socioeconomic development in the ten riparian states of Lake Victoria and the Nile River.

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Country Director
Axel Klaphake

Office address
GIZ Office Uganda
23 Nakasero Road, Nakasero
Phone: +256 414 30 39 01
Fax: +256 414 23 46 85

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