FACE OF POVERTY IN EASTERN UGANDA
Uganda’s progress in reducing poverty over the last 2 decades is a remarkable story of success. From 1993 to 2006, the country registered an annual reduction in the national poverty rate by 1.9 percentage points as a result of the restoration of peace and stability to much of the country. Poverty reduction has remained impressive since 2006 even though it has fallen more slowly.
Basing on that background, DRT conducted the Community Based Monitoring Study to provide a detailed analysis of the development conditions in Katakwi Town Council and Kapujan sub-county in Katakwi district in the context of the core poverty indicators and other community specific indicators. The poverty profile aimed at identifying priority needs as well as providing a basis in the design and implementation of appropriate programmes in the communities.
Results show that 41.9% of the populations in the study areas live below the national poverty line of $1.90. On the policy front, we propose a refocus on the development plans, review of the self-help housing programmes for affordable, safe and durable shelter, government programmes targeting poverty alleviation focusing on issues geared towards reducing income inequality and the refocus of the national budget to target job creation. A strong institutional framework and elimination of obstacles to self-employment are other recommendations arising out of the study