January 2023

Population, Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Development

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:37

This policy brief provides an evidence based understanding of the interrelationships between demographic trends and food systems, food security and nutrition. The brief highlights the need to feed the growing population in a manner that is healthy, equitable and sustainable. United Nations (DESA), April 2021.


UNDESA 2021 Policy Brief.pdf

Empowering Women Through Public Procurement and Enabling Inclusive Growth

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:35

This policy brief summarizes the key challenges that women-owned and women-led businesses face when competing for public procurement opportunities. Public procurement has the potential to create equal outcomes for women and men through supporting decent employment and responsible business practices. The brief recommends the need to increase access for women-owned businesses as well as gender-responsive enterprises to facilitate the inclusion of disadvantaged and underrepresented suppliers. (UN-Women, Nov 2021)

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Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:33

This Report presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 Goals, calling out the long road ahead to achieve gender equality. It emphasizes the interlinkages among the goals, the pivotal force gender equality plays in driving progress across the SDGs, and women and girls’ central role in leading the way forward. According to the Report, violence against women remains high; global health, climate, and humanitarian crises have further increased risks of violence, especially for the most vulnerable women and girls; and women feel more unsafe than they did before the pandemic.

The 2021/2022 Human Development Report

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:32

This Report is the latest publication in the series of global Human Development Reports produced by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. The Report provides insights on analytically and empirically grounded discussions on major development issues, trends and policies. The 2022 Human Development Report indicates that Uganda’s Human Development Index stands at 0.525 as at 2021, a decline from 0.544 in 2019.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:28

This report highlights the intensification of the major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition: conflict, climate extremes and economic shocks, combined with growing inequalities. According to the Report, world hunger rose to as many as 828 million people in 2021 following a sharp upturn in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe food insecurity became more prevalent with 11.7% of the global population facing food insecurity at severe levels.

Total Energies Uganda Reinforces its Commitment to Sustainability Initiatives In Road Safety, Biodiversity & Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Albertine Region

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:27

Total Energies (EP) reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable development initiatives through the signing of four agreements aimed at enhancing road safety, cultural heritage and biodiversity conservation in the Albertine region. The company signed the following agreements:

Uganda Development Bank (UDB) and European Union (EU) Announced Second Tourism Facility

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:25

In partnership with the European Union, the National Development Finance Institution, the Uganda Development Bank launched the second tourism facility worth over Ushs 62 billion as a recovery plan for tourism operators from COVID-19 devastating effects.

The total facility is made up of Ushs 40 billion ring-fenced funds from UDB and complemented by a grant of Ushs 21.8 billion from the European Union. A lenient criterion was adapted like incorporating the list of eligible expenditures the companies initiated to make tourism establishments more environmentally friendly.

Government to Operationalize Wildlife Compensation

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:22

In October 2022, Government officially started operationalisation of the Wildlife Fund to compensate victims of human-wildlife conflict. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) put aside 2 percent of its revenue collections amounting to 900m, which constitutes part of the fund to support the compensation scheme.

In an effort to give force to the compensation scheme, the Uganda Wildlife (Compensation Scheme) regulations 2022 No. 65 were gazetted on 5th of August 2022 and that the Uganda Wildlife (Revenue Sharing) Regulations, 2022 No. 65 were equally gazetted on the same day.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certifies Three National Parks in Uganda

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:21

With a combined area of 211,100 ha, three national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP), and Kibale National Park (KNP) were certified under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for management by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This exercise started in 2018 when FSC launched the National Forest Stewardship Standard of the Republic of Uganda.