The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) together with the district leaders in Northern Uganda is set to discuss the ongoing implementation of key interventions and future activities under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda.
The initiative (DINU) is a Government programme supported by the European Union (EU) aimed at improving livelihoods of people in the five sub-regions of Acholi, Karamoja, Lango, Teso, and West Nile.
The discussions that started in Amuria District on Monday 22 October 2018, will be followed by similar events in Moroto District on Wednesday 24 October; Pader District on 26 October, Oyam District on 29 October and Zombo District on 31 October 2018.
DINU is supported by the EU and key partners (DFID, GIZ, UNCDF, UNICEF), and it is to be implemented from 2017 to 2023 in 33 districts of Northern Uganda.
It is a multi-sectoral integrated programme supporting interventions in three interlinked sectors: Market oriented agriculture, food security and nutrition, livelihoods; Infrastructures (transport, logistics, water, energy) and good governance for improved service delivery.
The OPM is responsible for the overall supervision of the programme in partnership with local governments and a wide range of stakeholders.
“DINU is a welcome and timely intervention that builds on successive programmes aimed at the development and transformation of livelihoods in Northern Uganda. We commend all the partners behind the implementation of this initiative and look forward to practical and tangible results in the lives of the people on the ground,” said Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of Uganda.
EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici stated: “The EU is strongly committed to support long-lasting peace, security and stability in Northern Uganda, and DINU is a flagship programme for us. I am proud that together with the Government of Uganda and other stakeholders, we are able to help Northern Uganda develop and profit from new opportunities, especially in the field of agriculture and through improved opportunities to trade.”
“We will continue to regularly consult with local governments on the progress and impact of the interventions to ensure that we get the best results for the many beneficiaries of the DINU programme.”
The five sub-regional events bring together more than 600 political and technical leaders from national and district levels to interact with OPM and key partners to discuss core activities and implementation plans of the programme.
Other stakeholders invited include: Community and civil society organization representatives, private sector representatives and the media.
The events also outline the role and engagement of the local district leaders in the DINU programme’s implementation and provide information on the expected deliverable to the districts’ stakeholders and communities of Northern Uganda.