Uganda has transformed itself from a country with a troubled past to one of relative stability and prosperity. Tens of thousands civilians were killed and children abducted during a 23-year war in the north, led by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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  • 51% live below the poverty line
  • 4.4 million people are food insecure
  • 38 million inhabitants

General Information

Many Ugandans still live below poverty line. The national poverty level has even increased in the last years to 21.4% in 2016/17. Uganda’s annual growth was 4.5% from 2010 to 2016, compared to 7% achieved during the 1990s and early 2000, which means that the economy has grown at a slower pace recently. The slowdown was mainly driven by unrest in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, high population growth of 3.2%, a poor execution of public projects and adverse weather for agriculture. The unrest in South Sudan and DRC caused a continued influx of refugees, which puts a further stress on access to basic services like water, food, education and natural resources. Uganda hosts over 1.1 million refugees (November 2018); 68% come from South Sudan and 24.6% from DRC.  


While in Uganda most of the policies, laws and democratic institutions are in place, the enforcement of laws and the implementation of policies seriously lack behind. Corruption and ineffective public institutions are undermining good governance.

Advocacy note: INGOs Calling for Continuation of Assistance to Refugees in Uganda (pdf) 

Themes in Uganda

ICCO worked on Food and Nutrition Security and Conflict Transformation and Peace in northern and eastern Uganda, resulting in commendable achievements in access to adequate food and empowering communities.

Today, our focus is on agriculture and entrepreneurship.

ICCO is co)implementing projects in collaboration with a diverse network of civil society organisations, development organisation, public and private partners.

We work on:

• Economic empowerment of smallholders and SMEs

• Food and nutrition security of smallholders and their households

• Resilient and disaster prepared communities.

Business and human rights in value chains and inclusiveness are cross-cutting principles in our programs.

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