ADB grants Uganda $8.3m to fight floods


Uganda’s Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija


The African Development Bank has given the Uganda government a grant worth $8.37million to boost climate resilience projects in flood prone areas along Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda.

The fund targets districts of Bududa, Bukwo, Soroti, Bukedea, Pallisa, Budaka, Kumi and Butaleja. The districts are highly vulnerable to climate change as seen by recurrent landslides and flooding.

The worst was witnessed in March 2010 when a devastating landslide killed over 300 people in the Bududa District.

Mpooza Isaac, the Debt Management Director at Uganda’s Finance Ministry says the grant will be used to start projects that provide mitigation and adaptation plans to address the negative impacts of climate change.

Targeted projects are those aimed at increasing forest cover, end land degradation, realise low carbon emissions and help local communities adapt to Climate Change.

Mpoza was speaking after signing agreement between the Ministry of Finance- Uganda and the African Development Bank in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

The funds will also be used to install appropriate sanitation facilities like toilets in flood-prone peri-urban areas in 120 schools and 12 markets in the districts of Soroti, Bukedea, Pallisa, Budaka, Kumi and Butaleja.  Part of the funding will be used to extend community rainwater harvesting technology for drought adaptation to about 900 households in the districts of Otuke, Apac and Katakwi.

Mpoza says arrangements have been made to construct 9 valley tanks for the storage of community water in the three districts mainly for livestock farming.

Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija noted that the financing aims at building resilience to climate change in the water and sanitation sector in line with government priority of developing lasting infrastructure.

“Provision of safe water and adequate water for production, remain one of the main priority areas of government because of its baring on rural agricultural production and its relevance to poverty reduction and economic growth.” Kasaija said

The minister stressed the funding will be utilized to support the sector in building strategic interventions for combating climate change effects on the Ugandan economy and successful implementation of this project will promote the efforts of government in poverty reduction in the beneficiary areas.

Jeremiah Mutungo, the African Development Bank Resident Representative to Uganda tasked the Uganda government to ensure that the proposed projects are implemented.

“The signing ceremony is important, but the most important thing is implementation, when the funds are given we want to make sure that they are used quickly and the population benefits,” he added.