Coordinate road works financing

I would like to take this opportunity to salute the government for the great work it has been doing in improving roads infrastructure over the past five years as it can be evidenced from the approved allocations to the sector that have risen over the years.

Without minimising the great effort that the government has put into the improvements of roads, there has been continued uncoordinated financing for the roads by various ministries, donors and non-government organisations that sometimes have functions that overlap and sometimes distorts planning (URF Annual Report, 2011) especially under the District Urban and Community Access Roads (DUCAR), network.

Such interventions include Peace, Reconstruction and Development Plan (PRDP) under Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP) under the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) under OPM among others

PRDP initially operating in the Acholi and Karamoja regions has now been extended to extra six additional sub regions that include Teso, Elgon, Bunyoro, Lango, West Nile and Bukedi.

NUSAF being a sub-component of PRDP and being operated in the same regions as PRDP has components of community-based public works and community infrastructure rehabilitation. CAIIP co-funded by the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development is meant for rural road improvement, sub county market infrastructure improvement among others implemented by the Ministry of Local Government.

In addition to the funds from Uganda Road Fund for maintenance of district community roads, and these road funding programmes targeting the districts with roads development components brings about a certain disconnect despite their very good intention.

There is great need for holistic coordination of all the multiple actors in the road sub-sector targeting the district urban community access as without this it may lead to duplication of efforts.
Irene Achola,

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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