The UN volunteers serving in Uganda are deployed 6 UN Agencies supporting the implementation of projects and building the capacity of implementing partners. Their contribution to the development agenda of the country is strongly perceived in the following priority areas:
In the area of delivery of basic services, UNV support mostly UNICEF and UNDP. With UNICEF, UN Volunteers are supporting the delivery of quality health services, the review and design of education curriculum, the development and adoption of child protection policies and building the capacity of community based organizations in the implementation of HACT. By supporting the establishment of mechanisms and adoption of policies for effective mobilization and utilization of diaspora resources UNV also support UNDP in its efforts to strengthen good governance within the structures of government in the country for better delivery of basic services.
The majority of UN Volunteers are engaged in Humanitarian assistance with UNHCR and WFP. They are involved in the management of refugees settlements in various sectors: health and nutrition, informal education, human rights protection, data base management and livelihood. With the influx of refugees from DR Congo experienced in recent months, UNHCR staff are overwhelmed and the contribution from UN Volunteers is critical to help the organization carry out with its mandate and maintain high quality of services to its stakeholders.
UNV is supporting UN Women, OHCHR and UNFPA in the implementation of many projects relating to the promotion and integration of Gender Equality (JPGE), Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Youth Empowerment. UNV is also spearheading the design of a project titled: “Support to Graduate Volunteers Scheme”. The project which is still at the design stage will see the enrolment of 100 young graduates on a yearly basis into volunteer assignment mainly in the districts for a period of 3 years. The project aims at increasing the employability of young people by providing them with their first real job opportunity.
UNV is supporting UNDP in this area specifically through a project implemented by WWF. The project focus on strengthening the efforts and capacities of local governments, CSOs and communities to sustainably manage and utilize natural resources, integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation in their activities and build climate change resilient societies. Another areas of support is the area is through a project implemented by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). The specific project where UNV is involved aims to establish and strengthen market linkages within the tourism value and market chains; support the development of new differentiated tourism products and services to include a variety of pro-poor and inclusive tourism experiences that will benefit Uganda’s poor communities.