UN Representative Urges Uganda to Rethink Development Strategy to Foster Resilience in the Face of Challenges

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The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Susan Namondo Ngongi has emphasised the need for Uganda to do a reassessment of its approach to development, adding that Uganda should build systems that can endure turbulent experiences.

She made the remarks during the launch of the 2023–2024 Human Development Report (HDR) under the theme “Breaking the Gridlock: Reimagining Cooperation in a Polarised World at Makerere University on March 20, 2024.

According to Namondo, the world is changing, and how Uganda adapts to the changes matters.

“The world is changing, and how we adapt to that is the challenge. In this era of uncertainty, we have to double down and make sure we focus on our resilience, our adaptability, and our preparedness,” Namondo said.

Namondo also said that the HDR is an important tool in shaping policy debate and informing decision-making towards a more prosperous and equitable society at the global and national levels.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, called for continued efforts by Uganda in promoting Uganda’s human development progress.

The inaugural HDR in 1990 introduced a novel Human Development Index (HDI) to gauge development progress. Unlike the long-standing practice of solely considering per capita income, the HDI also factors in health and educational achievements.

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