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Review of The Embassy of Ireland, Uganda’s Programme in Karamoja 2016-2020

Since 2004, Ireland's strategy in Uganda has included a specific focus on Karamoja, a sub-region spanning 27,000km in the northeast of Uganda with an estimated population of 1.2 million. Karamoja is recognised as being the least socially and economically developed part of the country, with high levels of poverty and unemployment and low levels of literacy and school enrolment. This review was an independent assessment of the Embassy of Ireland's strategy between 2016-20 during which time 45%+ of Ireland's bilateral funding to Uganda was spent in Karamoja.

The review aimed to provide DFA management with an independent, evidenced-based assessment of the performance of the Embassy of Ireland's support to the Karamoja sub-region between 2016-2020 (under the OECD DAC criterion of relevance, effectiveness and coherence). It also aimed to provide accountability to the Governments and peoples of Ireland and Uganda for the support provided, to identify lessons learned to help inform the planning of the new Mission strategy and contribute to wider DFA strategic decision-making and organisational learning. While the period under review and the recommendations in this report relate to the 2016-2020 strategy period, the Embassy's work in Uganda has been advanced under the auspices of the Mission Strategy 2021-2022, with a new strategy under development for 2023-2027.


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