Uganda

outdoor space at Mubende's National teachers college

Uganda and Belgium have been partners for 21 years. Currently, Enabel supports Uganda to implement some priorities of its 30-year National Development Plan and the United Nation’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Education

Education is a priority of the bilateral development cooperation programme between the Belgium and Uganda. It takes the lion’s share of the ongoing country portfolio budget. The focus in this sector is on teacher education and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Enabel works with the Ministry of Education to implement the National Teachers’ Policy and Skilling Uganda strategy at central and grassroots levels. This includes institutional capacity building to enable selected education institutions to deliver quality education.

Boy sits behind a computer at a public library in Uganda.

Health

Enabel health projects are implemented with the Ministry of Health. They primarily aim to improve maternal and child health through the Results-based financing (RBF) scheme and targeted infrastructure support. RBF is a model where health facilities are rewarded with incentives based on their performance in terms of quantity and quality of services delivered.

There are currently two ongoing health projects: Enabling Health in Acholi and Leveraging Strategic Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage funded by USAID and Belgium.

Lab technicians work in a hospital in Uganda.

Environment

Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, mainly arriving from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. In the North Western district of Yumbe, refugees outnumber their hosts. This is where the world’s second-largest refugee settlement called Bidibidi is located. As more people are sharing the same land, this has an important impact on the environment. Both refugees and host communities depend on trees as a primary source of energy for cooking, leading to cutting down of trees for wood fuel and the production of charcoal for sale.

Enabel with funding from the European Union is supporting refugee-hosting districts to develop environmental policies, guidelines, and tools aimed at protecting the environment.

Two women veterinarians taking care of cattle in Uganda. On man looks at them.

Social protection

According to International Labour Organisation, the informal sector employs 8 out of 10 Ugandans. The majority of these are people already vulnerable to poverty such as women and girls. Studies also reveal that the informal sector is characterised by a rampant violation of workers’ rights through low pay, lack of medical insurance, and work contracts. Informal sector workers also lack opportunities for dialogue with their employers about work conditions.

In response to this challenge, Enabel is implementing a social protection programme aimed at ensuring access to decent work, protection of labour rights, and facilitating tripartite dialogue between workers, employers, and labour unions.

Three young men working on a motorcycle in Uganda

Digitalisation for Development

Together with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and other partners, we are working on the Digital Uganda vision. This government initiative aims to empower citizens to achieve their goals through digital innovation as foreseen in the National Development Plan.

The Vision emphasises the electronic delivery of services by both public and private sector. Digitalisation is integrated into all projects, but some have a specific focus on this topic: WeHubit, AU – EU D4D Hub, and Africa European Digital Innovation Bridge Network all contribute to the Digital Uganda Vision.

A teacher showing a student in Uganda how to search for something on a computer in the computer lab of the school.

Contact the Enabel team in Uganda

Lower Kololo Terrace, Plot 1B
PO BOX 40131 – Kampala
T + 256 414 23 05 43 | representation.uga@enabel.be
Resident Representative: Tom Vanneste

News & Events

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02 July 2021

Enabel takes part in multi-stakeholder project to transform Rwanda’s Eastern Province through forests and landscapes restoration

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have signed a funding agreement for the project “Transforming Eastern Province through adaptation” (TREPA) with a GCF contribution of 40 million euro and an additional 18 million euro mobilized as co-financing from the Government of Rwanda and other Project Executing Entities.

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15 September 2021

EU, Enabel and ITC to support beekeeping value chain in Tanzania

Enabel and the International Trade Centre signed a cooperation agreement for a new EU-funded project that will enhance the development of the beekeeping value chain in six regions in Tanzania and contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the East-African country.

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29 November 2022

Enabel takes a key role in European initiative to boost African Vaccine Manufacturing

As part of a Team Europe initiative, Enabel is working in a consortium of three development agencies to support the African Union achieve its goal to upgrade African vaccine production to 60% of needed vaccines in Africa by 2040.

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Events

15 December 2022

Take part in our #EnablingTheFuture event

On 15 December, Enabel invites you to its first event on the theme of social innovation in its office in Brussels or online. #EnablingTheFuture

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Resources

22 November 2022

Study: Quality of Youth Corners and Youth-friendly Services and Expectations in Rwanda

This booklet presents a summary of the results of the assessment of the Quality of youth corners and other related youth-friendly services at the health centers and expectations of young people and the community. The study was conducted to assess the quality status of services offered to young people in the Youth Corners identify adolescents’/community expectations to draw recommendations and design evidence-based strategies for improvement of the ASRH services.

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Resources

22 November 2022

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study on Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health in Rwanda

The Government of Rwanda has made efforts to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of adolescents and youth through the adoption of various policies and strategies to ensure an access to affordable and equitable services. However, the country continues to face several pressing challenges related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Read the study

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