Uganda

Uganda has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world and is likely to triple by 2050. Uganda recently elevated seven municipalities to city status, thus predicting a surge in the annual rate of urbanisation, currently at 5.7%. The anticipated increase in rural-urban migration is caused by the search for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. New employment opportunities are likely to be created in the construction, hospitality, agribusiness, and tourism sectorsDespite the great opportunities associated with the population boom, several challenges lie ahead, like income inequality and food insecurity.
 
  
Uganda hosts more than 1.38 million refugees who fled from neighbouring countries due to political instability. This presents several opportunities as well as challenges in terms of labour force integration
, settlement, among others.  

For the 
past 35 years, Uganda has made gains that contributed significantly to economic growth.  Relative political stability, infrastructural development, increased regional trade, and tourist influxes have stimulated growth. However, these gains have not accorded the country its desired status. Presently, Uganda is focussed on reinforcing livelihoods, employment (particularly for youth) and industrial rejuvenation to achieve middle-income status. Just recently, the oil and gas sector became the newest opportunity for Uganda and is envisioned to further contribute to economic growth.
Uganda

Swisscontact in Uganda

  • since 1997

Figures

  • Area: 241,599 km2
  • Population: 35 million
  • Capital: Kampala

Projects

Uganda
Sustainable agriculture, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Building Resilience through Market-led Livelihood Opportunities (Uthabiti)
The project will enable access to off-farm income-generating opportunities for refugee settlers and their host communities, reducing their dependence on humanitarian aid while encouraging self-reliance from the market-ready participants.
Uganda
Sustainable agriculture
Permaculture for Income and Food Security Project
The Permaculture for Income and Food Security Project (PIFP) project is a social enterprise that aims to engage farmers in high-value agribusiness enterprises through a market-driven learning group approach. The project supports refugees, asylum seekers, and the host communities living in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. They often have limited access to productive land to engage in farming activities with the potential to increase household income and boost food security.
Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia
Trade
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. By bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms, the Alliance cuts through red tape and end costly delays at borders. 
Uganda
Sustainable agriculture
Dynamic Markets for Farmers - Sustainable Cocoa and Honey
The project supports smallholder farmers in the cocoa and honey value chains by facilitating their access to extension services and markets, and by enabling them to improve their knowledge and skills.

News

Uganda
Trade
22.12.2022
Insights from the Alliance team visit to Uganda in 2022
In August this year, a team from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) visited the RUSH project to better understand the trade facilitation process, and work with the local implementation team on ensuring proper project alignment. 
Uganda
Trade
21.12.2022
Insights from the benchmarking mission to Istanbul on exports and cargo operations
The project team working on the Re-engineering Uganda’s Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Inspection of Horticulture Exports (RUSH) project, which is supported by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation through its implementing partner, Swisscontact, identified Turkish Airlines as a key player in the export cargo space. Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It is the national carrier airline of Turkey. Currently, it operates scheduled services to 340 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it the largest mainline carrier in the world in terms of the number of passenger destinations. The team fostered a partnership with the Turkish Airlines, to learn from, and possibly adapt learned practices within the Ugandan export community.
Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
20.12.2022
Two approaches confirming the value of small initiatives within ecosystem building 
Swisscontact tested a non-traditional approach to Ecosystem Mapping and conducted Give A Day events to build entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Country Director Uganda
Pavlos Troulis

APPROACH

For over 20 years, Swisscontact has been working in Uganda to improve youth competencies, increase employability, enterprise competitiveness, and promote inclusive social and economic systems. Swisscontact leverages the Inclusive Market (IM) systems approach through partnerships with the public and private sectors. Swisscontact plays a facilitator role in developing and implementing sustainable solutions that address the underlying causes of poverty. 

Swisscontact Uganda has four strategic priorities. These are: 

  1. Agribusiness/agriculture development, with a holistic focus on food systems including food security
  2. Skills development with a focus on the youth
  3. Diversification into trade facilitation, migration, tourism and construction
  4. Advisory/capacity building service

These strategic priorities embody the sustainability criteria of gender equality and social inclusion, financial capability, environmental responsibility, and good governance. 

Over the years, Swisscontact Uganda has reached over 70,000 direct beneficiaries (25,000 women), with over 50,000 (16,000 women) employed/earning an income worth circa CHF 10.7 million.

Services

In Uganda, Swisscontact has over 20 years of experience, with a footprint in over 70 districts. We provide services in project management, enterprise promotion, skills development, financial inclusion, trade facilitation, market linkages, capacity building and advice.

Project Management

Swisscontact has an impressive track record in developing and implementing projects. Our projects take a holistic and systemic view of the issues and the local context in addition to actively promoting private sector engagement, a learning culture, and evidence-based adaptive management. In all Swisscontact projects, we value the people we work with while fostering accountability and transparency.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

We provide value chain advice, enterprise development and facilitate the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Skills Development

We facilitate access to market and demand-led technical and soft skills to address the mismatch of the labour force and the labour market. Through collaboration with private sector employers and other key stakeholders, we design appropriate skills development, skills upgrading and labour market insertion interventions. We offer support to school dropouts and those with limited access to formal skills acquisition and development opportunities.

Financial Inclusion

We develop adaptable financial products to address the bottlenecks that hinder marginalized groups like youth, women, smallholder farmers and startups from accessing financing. Through financial literacy, we seek to increase the knowledge of individuals, so they make sound financial decisions.

Trade Facilitation and Market Linkages

We co-create and facilitate local, regional, and international business partnerships while promoting win-win propositions where roles are delineated, and benefit is mutual for all parties involved. We do this by creating business linkages between market actors, facilitating access to business development services, and providing institutional support to trade organizations, SMEs, and the Government.

Capacity Building and Advisory Services

The essence of inclusive markets development is enabling local stakeholders to take direct ownership of development. We build the capacities of project implementers, researchers, businesses, and the public sector to strengthen competencies for developing and implementing inclusive market development interventions.

Jobs
Motivated and productive employees with initiative constitute the most important success factor in all areas of our work. We count on individuals who are looking to the future, impact- and team-oriented, and want to work in international development cooperation.
Our Partners
Swisscontact Uganda has been successfully working with the partners below to implement projects.

Contact

Swisscontact Uganda

19/20 Off Martyr's Way Ntinda
P.O. Box 21153
Kampala