A report from the Office of the Prime Minister indicating achievements in implementation of the second National Development Plan (NDP III) and National Resistance Movement manifesto for the period 2016-2020 showed that performance of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has improved to 64% at output level.
The performance of MDAs increased on average, from 58% to 64% at output level. This milestone is owed to the fact that there was improved implementation of public investment projects to 58% of the targets as compared to 38% before and reduced commitment fees/penalties on borrowed funds from US$26.5 million as of June 2015 to US$ 4.63million by June 2019. The improved Government wide coordination, monitoring and evaluation facilitated the achievement.
Following the Office of the Prime Minister’s monitoring and evaluation function, some of the loopholes hindering the excellence of the Government of Uganda’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies were eliminated.
The Office of the Prime Minister produced five Government Annual Performance Reports (GAPR) and five (5) Government Half Annual Performance Reports (GHAPR) for FYs 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. This was followed by five (5) Government retreats to discuss the reports and propose corrective measures to improve performance hence the improvement.
An improvement in implementation of public investment projects was then registered hitting up to 58% of the targets as compared to 38% before. Besides, there was a reduction to commitment fees/penalties on borrowed funds from US$26.5 million as of June 2015 to US$ 4.63million as of June 2019.
There was also an improvement in the realisation of NDP II indicators from just two to now six. Outcomes that had surpassed their NDP “targets were in the sectors of Health specifically maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births and infant mortality per 1000 live births. In water and environment, lowering the per capita investment cost for urban infrastructure and cumulative water for production storage capacity and education, especially under proficiency in literacy at primary three level.
The improved performance of the Government ministries and departments is also owed to the good monitoring and evaluation by the Office of the Prime Minister. Other achievements include;
Construction of 291 houses in Panyadoli Resettlement Camp in Kiryandongo where 2,037 people from landslide victims in the Elgon region were resettled
Procured and distributed 11,020MTs of food and 73,300 assorted Non-Food Commodities to 109 districts affected by disasters
Completed civil construction works for 241 houses which were used to resettle 2,058 people from Bududa, Namisidwa, Manafwa, Sironko and Bulambuli Districts.
Operationalised the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) which has so far achieved the following;
Introduced the delivery lab methodology by conducting the coffee delivery lab involving multi stakeholders which led to the development of the coffee roadmap 2020, targeting to export 20 million bags of coffee annually. Arising from this intervention, coffee exports have increased to 4.17Million (60kgs bags) in FY 2018/19 from 3.56Million (60kgs bags) in FY 2015/16.
Improved livelihood for refugees and host communities through the implementation of Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) by; Constructing 460 classrooms, 5 dormitories, 3 laboratory blocks, 237 blocks of 5 stance latrines, 10 wards, 23 blocks of health workers houses, 279.8Kms of community roads, 4 water supply systems, 28 blocks of teachers’ houses, supplying 12,320 desks, renovating 14 classrooms and supporting 1,315 households with non-traditional livelihoods and 3,206 households with traditional households.
Finally, the introduction of NUSAF 3 has over the years had a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Northern Uganda. NUSAF 3 which is an affirmative action project to benefit the poor in the greater Northern Uganda with long history of political instability and has provided a mechanism for pacification and resource redistribution.
As at 31/12/2019, UGX 281,926,080,271 had been disbursed for financing 10,032 sub-projects in the various sectors of the economy (Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries, Forestry, Livestock, Community Roads, Trade, Value Addition, Water, Others) in the project implementation areas which has benefited 418,474 households (3,061,061 people).