Annual Update 2021 VNG International
Deserted Moyo-Sudan border: Insecurity is still affecting cross border trade.
Rhino Camp: Solar technicians will soon become a necessity in the project area with increased adoption by the communities.
‘PPD forums have helped in bridging the gap between the public and private sectors by eliminating suspicion or misinformation.’
Mr. Jobel Aiko,
City Commercial Officer, Arua City
‘The value of this project, in my view, is that local governments are key in the approach to enable inclusive locally driven economic development, in terms of employment, entrepreneurship and vocational training, for host communities and refugees.’
Ms. Anne-Marie Tosserams,
Project Manager VNG International
Dealing with Conflict, Fragility
and Migration by strengthening democratic
Uganda, Supporting Refugees and Host Communities in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda is marked by years of civil war, regional instability and economic disparities. Since 2017, Uganda has been hosting over 1.4 million refugees, mainly from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This puts increasing pressure on natural resources such as land, water and wood. Small scale subsistence agriculture and micro/small businesses (mainly shops and workshops) are the only livelihood activities for host communities and refugees in this region. Both groups suffer from lack of skills, lack of resources- such as start-up capital for businesses, credit and agricultural inputs- and lack of employment opportunities.
This is why VNG International aims to strengthen six District Local Governments (DLGs) in their capacity to improve income and employment opportunities of both refugees and the local population. Our activities fall within the larger GIZ managed programme: “Response to increased demand on government services and creation of economic opportunities in Uganda (RISE)”, which is financially supported by the European Commission and BMZ.
In all our activities, we aim to introduce the interests and objectives of the DLGs that are otherwise often not considered. The creation of investment opportunities for Micro, Small & Medium Sized enterprises (MSMEs), and through them, the creation of employment for both host and refugee population requires local governments' active participation. However, many structural and temporary limitations hamper the potential of local governments as promoters of economic development and the creation of an environment conducive to doing business.
That is why our organisation has extensively supported the organisation of Public-Private Dialogue forums encouraging local governments and entrepreneurs to overcome the obstacles for doing business. In 2021, we will support 30 MSMEs using the SME loop methodology.