Uganda, a Sub-Saharan African country with one of the highest rates of poverty reduction, yet is still a LIC (low income country), and in fact is one of the poorest countries globally as demonstrated by Hans Rosling's World Health Chart in which Uganda falls in the lowest of four global income levels.
While poverty in Uganda reduced significantly, from 31.1 percent to 19.7 percent between 2006 and 2013 (World Bank 2016 poverty assessment), reduction has since stagnated.
The issue now is to tackle this stagnation of poverty reduction, make poverty a thing of the past in Uganda, and to enable the “pearl of Africa” to achieve the 2040 Vision status of a middle income country for its people who are willing participants to make this possible.
Per the Borgen Project, Uganda is lacking important non-monetary resources. These include sufficient sanitation, access to electricity, health and well-being, education and nutrition. Poverty remains because
- Safety net programs are only 1% of GDP vs. 2.8% average for Sub Saharan Africa.
- Disease from the lack of family planning and poor health and heath care impacts poverty and productivity.
- Further improvements in productivity are needed
- The lack of skilled labor
Recognizing the current issue of furthering and sustaining the poverty eradication that Uganda has achieved since 2006, Kisoboka Uganda recognizes the opportunity for these bright and driven women we work with to be a part of inclusive value chains that are identified to achieve improved sanitation, access to electricity, health and well-being, education, and nutrition and tackling the effects of climate change.
To achieve sustainability, we work in partnership with local NGOs and CBOs to recognize the opportunities and challenges before us. To embrace the complexity and adaptability of each community’s social system, Kisoboka Uganda’s local partners will use their respective organization, with women as system entrepreneurs, to influence the system within which they work, promoting shared values and principles and to contribute to the community’s business and development goals.
The Gender Gap in Uganda
Country Rank Score 43/140
Rank Score (0–1) 0.724
ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION AND OPPORTUNITY
Score (0–1) 55
Rank Score (0–1) 0.700
Score (0–1) 126
Rank Score (0–1) 0.913
HEALTH AND SURVIVAL
Score (0–1) 1
Rank Score (0–1) 0.980
Score (0–1) 32
Rank Score (0–1) 0.305