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The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2016 -2020) is the strategic framework outlining the contribution of the UN in Uganda towards the national development goals and priorities as outlined in the long-term Vision 2040 and the second National Development Plan 2016 – 2020 (NDPII).

The new UNDAF is based on lessons learnt from the preceding UNDAF 2010 – 2015, including Mid-Term Review and Action Planning exercises. Past experience has contributed to inform the UNDAF approach towards transformative development and inform collaborative joint planning; including development of clear theory of change, strengthening governance and management through establishment of a Joint UNDAF Steering Committee, and sharpening the UN’s focus on its normative role. The UN system has enhanced the key principles of Delivering as One (DaO) since 2012, including through a DaO pilot initiative in Northern Uganda. Through leveraging its collective strength the UN has successfully been advocating with the Government at the highest level. The UNCT has established effective working structures for driving joint UN results both at central and field levels with convergence result areas for UN agencies to convene around and a UN Area Coordination system for bottom-up joint implementation and monitoring at field level. However, improvement is still required particularly in (i) developing systems to effectively measure the results of UN advocacy and capacity development work and (ii) leveraging its convening power to develop strategic partnerships for enhanced development effectiveness


In order to adapt UN’s support to the rapidly changing national development context, the GoU and the UNCT have agreed to adopt the Delivering as One (DaO) modality in Uganda. In this regard, the UNDAF 2016-2020 focuses on upstream work and is aligned to both the medium and long term National Development Plans (NDP II 2016 -2020 and Vision 2040). The UNDAF focuses on three priority areas of Governance, Human Capital Development (HCD) and Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development (SIED).

As articulated in its Vision 2040, the GoU recognise that good governance, respect for human rights, promotion of gender equality, environmental sustainability and the building of a strong human capital base are the foundation for sustainable economic development and long-term growth.

The government’s theory of change is based on the logic that good governance is a pre-condition for the realization of quality human capital, which in turn is the driver for sustainable and inclusive economic development. In that regard, early realisation of good governance by end 2020 will be critical in order to provide a basis for achievement of human capital development by 2025; which will drive sustainable and inclusive economic development by 2035 within the timeframe of the long-term national vision. In this regard, government has undertaken to guarantee its political will and commitment towards sustained good governance, particularly in ensuring rule of law, constitutional democracy, regulatory quality, government effectiveness, accountability and zero tolerance for corruption. On its part, the UN will provide quality up-steam support to strengthen national capacities in line with national priorities, in collaboration with other development partners, including international and multilateral financial institutions.

UN Agencies in Uganda