Denmark and Uganda have been close development partners for three decades. Through the years, Denmark has provided support within the areas of education, health, roads, water & sanitation, climate change, agriculture, private sector development and trade, and good governance.
Denmark is, through our new country programme, which started this year, providing 945m DKK (Shs 575bn) over a five-year period. Denmark through Danida supports the ministry of Finance’s programme for better public financial management.
As a Danish priority country Uganda is part of the group of poor and stable countries that have the potential to develop into robust growth economies, whilst still characterised by some fragility.
For instance, Danish support has helped the ministry clean up what is known as ‘ghost’ workers and pensioners and the government of Uganda and hence has been used for better service delivery. However; for the past 30 years, Uganda has experienced a relatively high degree of political, economic and social stability. Fewer citizens live in poverty, and substantial progress has been made in relation to education, HIV/AIDS and access to clean drinking water.
Uganda does however still face critical challenges with a high population growth, regional instability resulting in massive refugee inflows, widespread corruption and high inequality. In particular, Northern Uganda continues to be a region experiencing more poverty, fragility and fewer opportunities than most of the country. Denmark has therefore always given special attention to development in this region.
You can read more about Denmark’s overall vision for the partnership with Uganda in the Country Policy Paper 2018-2022.
You can get more information about Danish development cooperation in Uganda for 2018-2022.