Within Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda is seen as something of a success story. It has experienced relative stability and peace since the early 2000s. Income poverty rates have fallen significantly – from over 56 percent in 1992 to around 21 percent in 2016 (UNDP). Such positive developments, however, belie the fact that many challenges remain.

Development has not taken place equally in Uganda, and regions such as Karamoja, in the country’s northeast, still have a poverty rate in excess of 60 percent (UNFPA). This region also experiences significant food insecurity during extended dry periods associated with climate change. At the same time, Uganda is experiencing rapid population growth, with the population of 44 million predicted to reach a staggering 100 million by 2050 (World Bank). With limited land and job opportunities available for young Ugandans, this could reverse positive trends and could threaten the country’s environmental sustainability. The presence of over 1.4 million refugees from neighbouring conflicts, too, places further pressure on limited resources.

There is significant need in Uganda for support in the areas of economic development, job creation, climate change adaptation, and environmental sustainability as the country moves forward. ACTED is responding with programmes addressing all of these issues, supporting people in some of the poorest and most marginalised parts of Uganda.

ACTED in Uganda

Our achievements of the past three years...

Beneficiaries Supported
>480 kg
of vegetable seeds distributed
>18 km
of water-harvesting earthworks created

ACTED has been working in Uganda since 2007 and is familiar with the challenges that Ugandans face in their everyday lives and during more challenging times, such as during extended dry periods.

ACTED maintains offices in the capital, Kampala, and in Karamoja, and the organization is currently implementing projects in Nakasongola and Mbarara Districts, and in Nakapiripirit District, Karamoja.

Projects in Nakapiripirit focus on building community resilience to shocks, such as floods and droughts, while ACTED’s work in Nakasongola and Mbarara focuses on monitoring and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions associated with cattle farming, thus contributing to Uganda’s efforts to combat climate change.

The interior of the processing facility
Water-harvesting earthworks developed as part of ACTED’s resilience-building project, which supports climate-vulnerable, agro-pastoral communities in Nakapiripirit District, Karamoja.
Image: Embassy of France in Uganda
During a project visit, H.E. Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Ambassador of France to Uganda, admires vegetable gardens at ACTED’s French Embassy-funded climate-resilience project in Nakapiripirit District, Karamoja

Current projects

Informing humanitarian nexus partners and local/national authorities on the needs of vulnerable populations in the refugee-hosting, border and transit districts
Consultancy services for a research action on Inclusion
Strengthen an Innovative System for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and environmental impacts of the nascent beef industry in Uganda in support to rural sustainable transformation (SIRGE)