To address the damage inflicted on North and North-Eastern Uganda by 20 years of conflict and insecurity, in 2007 the Government of Uganda (GoU) initiated a three-phase Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) across 55 districts and 9 municipalities in the region.
In addition to responding to specific post-conflict issues, this strategy aims to resolve the discrepancies in development between the northern and southern parts of the country. The first phase PRDP ran until June 2012 and the second phase completed in 2015. We were appointed to design the monitoring and evaluation framework for the third phase and to prepare the draft PRDP3 document for review by Local Government and members of parliament in the North.
PRDP3 is an extension to the previous programmes aligned to the National development Plan and intended to act as a mechanism for the mobilisation of additional funds. It is financed by a range of international development partners in addition to a commitment of over 100bn Ugandan shillings from the GoU.
A key element of our work was to review documentary outputs from previous stages in order to inform the development of the PRDP. We carried out a series of consultative workshops with regional stakeholders, including the private sector, traditional leaders, civil society organisations and local governments, and also undertook consultations with the national government bodies including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
PRDP3 is making a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the poorest parts of Uganda. The additional expenditure it provides is consolidating existing initiatives and supporting new sanitation, health, education and infrastructure projects to rebuild communities and revitalise the regional economy.