National Planning Authority

National Planning Authority was established by the NPA Act (15 of 2002) in accordance with Article 125 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The Authority was established on backdrop of the need for:

Building the national capacity for visionary and long term planning. The Authority would establish a framework that enable the short and medium term national priorities to be derived from and guided by agreed strategic objectives, long term development goals and perspective vision aspirations.

Having in place an institution that will be responsible for ensuring a sustainable and balanced national development by integrating economic, social and political dimensions of development with spatial and environment aspects.

Creation of policy and institutional arrangements that will facilitate systematic integration of district plans into national development plans i.e. integrating decentralized and national development planning processes.

Establishment of a central forum for participatory development planning through sharing of ideas by different stakeholders and agreeing on courses of action. This would entail putting in place a consistent, efficient, co-ordinated and integrated framework and system of managing national planning for development and service delivery.

THE NPA ACT

UGANDA VISION 2040

In 2007, Cabinet approved the National Vision Statement,

 

“A Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years”

The National Planning Authority in consultation with other government institutions and other stakeholders developed a Uganda Vision 2040 to operationalize this Vision statement and it was launched on 18th April 2013.

Uganda Vision 2040 builds on the progress that has been made in addressing the strategic bottlenecks that have constrained Uganda’s socio-economic development since her independence, including; ideological disorientation, weak private sector, underdeveloped human resources, inadequate infrastructure, small market, lack of industrialization, underdeveloped services sector, under-development of agriculture, and poor democracy, among others.

It is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the economy to harness the abundant opportunities around the country. The opportunities include; oil and gas, tour-ism, minerals, ICT business, abundant labour force, geographical location and trade, water resources, industrialization, and agriculture.

On the other hand, the fundamentals include: infrastructure for (energy, transport, water, oil and gasThe implementation of Vision 2040 will depend on the actions and measures that we undertake as Government, private sector, civil society and as individuals through short and medium-term National Development Plans.

DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Government approved the Comprehensive National Development Planning Framework (CNDPF) in 2007 as the country’s strategic planning framework. It was developed by blending our local experience with lessons learnt from other countries especially the emerging economies of Asia.

The CNDPF presents a synchronized and holistic approach to development planning intended to deliver long-term development aspirations of the nation.

PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE CNDPF

The major underlying principles of this framework and which shall be followed by all actors include the following:

› Equity and gender equality
› Competitiveness
› Public Private Partnership (PPP)
› Sustainable development
› Economic diversification
› Participation & ownership
› Evidence-based planning
› Accountability for development results

MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE CNDPF

The CNDPF is comprised of five principal elements namely the 30 year national vision, 10 year national development plan, the 5 year national development plans and annual plans and budgets

The National Vision (30 years)

  • A 30- year shared national vision shall guide development agenda for the country by articulating long term aspirations and projections about the desired future.
  • A shared National Vision is a creed that helps the country to make informed decisions so that the desired future can be realized. It provides a long-term focus for national development efforts. The Vision motivates the people and defines the direction and strategy towards the attainment of agreed long term goals of the nation. The Vision also provides a rallying point for everyone in the country to work towards a common purpose and values.

The 10-Year National Development Plan

  • In order to actualize the 30-year National Vision aspirations, the Government shall develop and implement three successive 10-year National Development Plans.
  • The 10-year National Development Plans will outline the overall development objectives for the respective decades which will subsequently be elaborated in the 5-year medium term plans. They will also set the national long-term targets through which the National Vision will be achieved.

The 5-Year National Development Plan

  • The 5-Year National Development Plan will operationalise the 10-year National Development Plan. It will set out the macroeconomic growth targets and priority public sector development programmes. In addition, it will spell out the envisaged role of the private sector and civil society.
  • The plan shall consist of medium term specific objectives and strategies for the various operational organs of Government.
  • The priorities set out in the 5-Year plan will guide the allocation of public resources and specify key annualized monitorable indicators and targets. The 5-Year plan will be costed with annualized budgets as well as mid-term projection of the resource envelope under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
  • The 5-year plans will be subjected to mid-term reviews for purposes of ensuring that appropriate development control and direction are maintained. This will help assess progress and keep it on course.

Sector Policies and Master Plans

  • Ministries, Government Departments and Agencies shall be required to prepare their respective Sector Policies and Master Plans, which have to be consistent with the long term national development goals and objectives. The Sector Policies shall set out, among other things, the strategic direction of the sector for the next five years. The Sector Policy shall ensure that the capability of the sector strategic role in national development is sustained and enhanced in light of new and emerging challenges.
  • The Master Plans shall spell out the interventions to achieve each objective identified in the sector policy. They will further detail inputs and target indicators of each intervention.
  • Sectoral plans and strategies will be harmonized for a 5- year period and their timing will be consistent with the start and end time for the five year NDPs.

Annual Plan/Budget

  • The annual plan/budget shall spell out the priority activities for the year and their budgetary allocations consistent with the MTEF projections. The priority activities shall be selected to realize the objectives and strategies in the 5-Year National Development Plan.

The procedures for preparing the annual budget are spelt out in the Budget Act 2001.

CORE PROJECTS

CORE PROJECTS

The NDP (2010/2011 – 2014/15) priority areas are:

  • Strengthening human resource development
  • Infrastructure development
  • Promotion of science, technology and innovation
  • Facilitating availability and access to critical production inputs

National core projects that are critical for catalyzing transformation of the economy were identified within these priority areas and below is an update on the implementation of these projects.

CORE PROJECTS STATE OF PROGRESS
Construction of five irrigation systems The project is regarded to be on-track: Doho, Agoro, Mubuku rice irrigation scheme have been rehabilitated but not yet complete, while Olweny rice irrigation scheme and Kiige are yet to be implemented. Project continues to be a priority; feasibility studies and designs for rehabilitation of Kiige and Olweny irrigation schemes are on schedule.
Refinery development Project is going ahead but slower than expected: Refinery land earmarked and process of acquisition commenced; community education undertaken; environmental Baseline Survey conducted. Project continues to be a priority; budget proposal to scale up allocations to the project.
Construction of Inter-state distribution pipeline Project experiencing very slow progress; procurement for studies at initial stage. Project not expected to be completed on schedule. Delays in inter-state dialogue. However, project continues to be a priority.
Construction of Karuma HEP Project (600MW) Project is regarded to be off-track: feasibility study and engineering designs have been concluded; funds allocated (UGX 552.16bn – 66.4% of budget) allocated; however construction did not commence due to procurement delays. Project continues to be a priority.
Construction of Ayago HEP project Project is regarded to be off-track: Pre-feasibility study carried out. Project expected to start in fourth year of NDP. Project continues to be a priority.
Construction of Isimba HEP Project (140MW) Project is regarded to be off-track: feasibility study and engineering designs undertaken in 2012. But no progress on actual implementation. Project continues to be a priority.
Improve transport infrastructure, safety for Greater Metropolitan Kampala Project is regarded to be off-track: No progress has been made on all project targets. However Project continues to be a priority. Feasibility and design studies scheduled for 2013/14.
Rehabilitate the existing railway lines Project is regarded to be off-track: No progress has been made on all project targets. Only two feasibility studies (Tororo-Pakwach railway line and Kampala-Kasese railway) have been conducted. Project continues to be a priority. Feasibility and design studies and fast-tracking and accelerating the rehabilitation works are desired.

 

ECONOMIC GROWTH

The highest economic growth during NDP1 period was achieved in 2010/11, the first year of the national development plan at 9.7 percent compared to the target of 6.6 percent that year. This performance was not sustained and was followed by a deceleration to 4.4 percent in 2011/12 and further deceleration to 3.3 in 2012/13. However the last two years of the NDPI were marked by acceleration in the economy to 4.8 and 5.0 in 2013/14 and 2014/15 respectively. This  growth nonetheless fell short of the NDPI targets of 7.4 in 2013/14 and 7.5 in 2014/15 due to; the unfavourable global economic environment leading to the depreciation in value of the Uganda shilling; and political instability in the neighbouring countries who are our major trading partners  among others.EGR1

Major Constraints

  • Insecurity in some of the key export destinations such as South Sudan, DRC and Somalia thereby hampering access to regional markets.
  • Worsening external economic environment leading to exchange rate depreciation.
  • Limited value-addition and low investment in the industrial and agricultural sectorsGPS1

Sources of Growth

The NDP primary growth sectors contributed the highest growth in 2014/15 that is; food crops (16%) and manufacturing (14%). Other significant sources of growth outside the primary growth sectors included: administrative and support service activities (10%); education (8%); public administration (8%); financial and insurance activities (6%) and real estate activities (6%). Among the weak performers in the primary growth sectors was information and communication whose contribution to GDP growth was just 2% yet it had been 20% in 2013/14 representing a significant decline.  In addition the contribution of construction activities to growth declined from 8% in 2013/14 to just 2%.SoG1

 

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

I. ONE STOP BORDER POSTS

The government of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) for the construction of One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) to ease movement and enhance trade in the region…READMORE

II. East Africa railway project

Leaders from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda agreed to start construction of a railway line in November to link the three East African countries….READ MORE

III. National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project

The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project (NBI/EGI) whose major aims are to connect all major towns within the country…. READ MORE

LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANS

The five–year District Development Plans are a legal requirement for all higher and lower local governments in Uganda. They form a baseline tool for tracking implementation of government programs and the basis of controlling the pace and direction of development investment. It is in these plans that stock of what is identified at lower local governments is elicited and integrated into the district expectations to inform the National Development Plan as required by article 190 of Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, which is further operationalized in the Local Government Act, cap 243 section 36 and 78.

Formulating the Development Plan is a function of the District Technical Planning Committee in collaboration with the District Executive Committee. At the end of the five years the district will be accountable to the people and higher government for the level of implementation of this plan.

FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE REGIONAL – DISTRICT NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

CENTRAL REGION – DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLANS

WESTERN REGION – DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLANS

NORTHERN REGION – DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLANS

EASTERN REGION – DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLANS

WEST NILE REGION – DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLANS

NUTRITION ACTION PLAN (2010 – 2015)

This Nutrition Action Plan provides the framework for addressing nutrition issues in the country sequentially to develop strong and quality human capital that will propel socio-economic transformation.

The goal of this plan is to improve the nutrition status of all Ugandan’s with emphasis on women of reproductive age, infants and young children.
This five year Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) was formulated within the context of the National Development Plan (NDP), which is in line with the overall vision for Uganda “transforming the Ugandan Society from a peasant to a modern and a prosperous Country.

FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD NUTRITION ACTION PLAN (2010 – 2015)

 

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