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UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-2025 for Uganda was developed against the backdrop of the preparation of Uganda’s third National Development Plan (NDP III) 2020/21-2024/25, with the 2030 Agenda at its core. The NDP III is expected to contribute towards the realization of Uganda´s Vision 2040, with a goal to increase household incomes and improve the quality of life of Ugandans. Key focus is placed on sustained and accelerated growth in agriculture, minerals, oil and gas, tourism and a youthful labour force. The Plan is a vehicle towards accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other regional aspirations such as the Africa Union Agenda 2063 and the East Africa Community Vision 2050. The Government has identified governance, environment and industry as key SDG accelerators for Uganda´s development and social transformation.

Strategic Priorities and Outcomes

The Cooperation Framework builds on the successes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 and aims at supporting the Government to accelerate development and social transformation across Uganda. The Framework will be implemented through three strategic priorities and five outcomes as follows:

 Sategic Priority 1: Transformative and Inclusive Governance

Outcome 1.1: By 2025, Uganda has inclusive and accountable governance systems and people are empowered, engaged and enjoy human rights, peace, justice and security.

 Strategic Priority 2: Shared Prosperity in a Healthy Environment

Outcome 2.1: By 2025, people, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, benefit from increased productivity, decent employment and equal rights to resources.

Outcome 2.2: By 2025, Uganda’s natural resources and environment are sustainably managed and protected, and people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized, have the capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and disaster risks.

Strategic Priority 3: Human Well-being and Resilience

Outcome 3.1: By 2025, people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized, have equitable access to and utilization of quality basic social and protection services.

Outcome 3.2: By 2025, gender equality and human rights of people in Uganda are promoted, protected and fulfilled in a culturally responsive environment.


The Cooperation Framework theory of change is based on the logic that sustaining transformative and inclusive governance, including socioeconomic and environmental governance, is a pre-condition for realization of inclusive and sustainable development and social transformation across Uganda that includes promotion of shared prosperity and increased investment in building human well-being and resilience. Therefore, it is envisaged that sustaining transformative and inclusive governance is a requirement and an enabler for promoting shared prosperity in a healthy environment and building human well-being and resilience across all levels.  Actualization of the three conditions will lead to a transformed Ugandan society where people have improved quality of life and resilience. Peace and security are an important pre-condition for this change to happen. In this regard, the Government will continue to demonstrate its political will and commitment towards sustained good governance, particularly in bringing government closer to the people for effective engagement and participation, promoting the rule of law and human rights, strengthening effective public policy, resource management and fighting corruption, enhancing e-governance, promoting a programmatic approach to planning, and ensuring peace and security across the country and with neighbouring states. On its part, the United Nations system will provide targeted policy and technical support to strengthen national, local government, and private sector capacities in line with national, regional and international obligations and commitments.

To effectively contribute towards addressing the three strategic priorities in the Cooperative Framework, the United Nations system in Uganda will particularly focus on capacity building at national, local government, sector and community levels, guided by the principles of Leave No One Behind, Human Rights-Based Approach, Gender Equity & Empowerment of Women, Resilience, Sustainability and Accountability. The system will also focus on supporting acceleration of digital transformation in Uganda, and enhancing availability of credible disaggregated data for policy, planning and effective monitoring and evaluation of progress towards SDGs.


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