Government Policies

National Policy on Disability

Government through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has a mandate to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). According to Uganda Population and Housing Census(2002), one in every 25 persons has a disability and hence making it a development concern. Some of the disabilities include difficulty in seeing, hearing, speech, moving and learning. The underlying causes of disability include but not limited to communicable diseases, congenital abnormalities and injuries.

National Youth Policy

The lives of millions of Ugandan Youth are marred by poverty, inadequate education and skills, inadequate work/employment opportunities, exploitation, diseases, civil unrest and gender discrimination. The environment they live in brings both new possibilities and new risks that undermine the traditional social support that helps the Youth prepare for, negotiate and explore the opportunities and demands of their passage to adulthood.

National NGO Policy

Article 38 of the Constitution of Uganda 1995 embeds the right of every Ugandan to engage in peaceful activities to influence the policies of Government through civic organizations. Additionally, the Local Government Act 1997 specifically provides Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)-including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)-with an important role in service delivery at community level.

National Policy for Older Persons

The demographic trend of older persons is raising concern in many countries. The population of older persons aged 60 years and above has dramatically increased worldwide catching many governments totally unprepared. The Government of the Republic of Uganda has realized this increasing population of the older persons and is committed to addressing their concerns and needs. It recognizes that as people reach old age, they should enjoy dignified life and active participation in economic, social, cultural and political life in their communities.

National Employment Policy

Employment creation is central to the national socio-economic development process. It is at the core of the transformation of Uganda from a poor agrarian economy to a modern, prosperous and skilled society. The main asset that the poor have is their labour and if appropriately harnessed it can be transformed into sustainable and productive employment and better quality of life. Sustainable employment is the main source of livelihoods and self-fulfilment for most women and men.

National Health Laboratory Service Policy

he underlying philosophy and rationale of this policy is that health laboratory services are essential for the delivery of quality health care and should be made available to all the people
of Uganda. Poor health laboratory services subject patients to inappropriate treatments, chronic ill-health, high out-of-pocket expenditures on health care, loss of incomes and ultimately loss
of confidence in health services. Moreover, poor laboratory services are also costly in terms of high wastage of scarce public resources on ineffective treatments, loss of economic

National Land Policy

In Uganda, land continues to be a critical factor, as it is the most essential pillar of human existence and national development. Uganda has never had a clearly defined and / or
consolidated National Land Policy since the advent of colonialism in the nineteenth century. This National Land Policy, therefore, consolidates a number of scattered policies,
which exist on various aspects of the land question, but are diverse, sectoral and inconclusive in many respects. Post-independence and recent attempts to settle the land

National Forestry Policy

National forest cover: Forests and woodlands cover approximately 4.9 million hectares in Uganda, about 24% of the total land area. The vast majority of this is woodland, while the
remainder is tropical high forest and forestry plantations (Figure 1, Table 1). The Permanent Forest Estate: about 1.9 million hectares is currently included in the Permanent
Forest Estate (PFE). This includes all Forest Reserve land and all forested areas in the National Parks and Wildlife Reserves (Table 1). The PFE represents about 9% of the total land area of

National Gender Policy

The Government of Uganda's first National Gender Policy (NGP) was approved in 1997. The policy provided a legitimate point of reference for addressing gender inequalities at all levels of government and by all stakeholders.

National Trade Policy

Government has, over the last Twenty (20) years, implemented policies aimed at eradicating poverty and ensuring prosperity for all Ugandans. The national resistance Movement Government, witht he help of the people's mandate, remain committed to this cause. these efforts have led to significant reduction in the poverty levels from 56.4% in 1992/93 to 31.1% in 2005/06.


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