Uganda’s First Lady calls for fastracking Drylands Initiative

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Uganda’s First Lady calls for fastracking Drylands Initiative

February 07, 2014

Director of Columbia Global Centers | Africa met with Uganda's First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, in Kampala on the 6th of February. The Minister called for fast tracking the Center's Drylands Initiative in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda, and commended the progress of the Center todate, in its implemenation of the Drylands project across the region, as well as the highly successful Millennium Villages Project in the community of Ruhiira.

Launched in 2010, the Drylands Initiative aims to address the unique development challenges of these areas and provide a long-term development strategy to move beyond emergency relief to full-scale sustainable development in the Horn of Africa. The Minister emphasised that the Millennium Villages Project approach of integrated development was one which could bring long lasting change to the Karamoja people, a pastoralist community contending with harsh climatic conditions. In Uganda, the Initiative will focusion on reducing the community's voulnerability to drought and livestock loss, through a focus on agricultural production, health care, water and sanitation, and education. The Islamic Development Bank has provided funding for the initiative, to the vaule of $20 million USD in the form of loans over five years.

To read the article in Uganda's New Vision newspaper, please click here.

For more on the Drylands Initiative, please click here.