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Assessing the Global Development Agenda (Goal 1) in Uganda: The Progress Made and the Challenges that Persist

E. A. Ndaguba, D. C.N. Ndaguba, A. Okeke
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 4, No 4 | a142 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v4i4.142 | © 2016 E. A. Ndaguba, D. C.N. Ndaguba, A. Okeke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 January 2017 | Published: 01 December 2016

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E. A. Ndaguba, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
D. C.N. Ndaguba, Lagos State University, Nigeria
A. Okeke, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

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The international development agenda (2000-2015) that was hailed in Uganda was unsuccessful and powerless in elevating individuals and groups to a place of comfort through the achievement of the MDGs. Hence, according to a survey of the Directorate of Social Protection in 2012, 67% of citizens of Uganda are either highly vulnerable to remaining in poverty or being poor.  This study therefore assesses the gains of the global development agenda (2000 – 2015) in Uganda. The study relies heavily on review papers, secondary dataset and material, and quasi-quantitative method in analyzing the research aim. Results show that ambiguous and unrealistic targets of the MDGs did not take into cognizance the structures, institutions, and interaction of systems and governance issues in Uganda. Despite these, the gains were also shortchanged as a result of drought, flood, and high prices of commodities, due to low farm production in most (rural) areas in Uganda. In addition to the drought and the negative effects of climate change, other challenges include deficient access to markets and market place, lack of motorized and non-motorized load-carrying wheel vehicles, lack of capacity and infrastructure, lack of mechanized farming implements, and the lack of access to credit reduced the potency of the achievement of most of its goals. However, significant strides were attempted and the country was able to achieve several targets, which are worth celebrating. The study contends that the realization of the SDGs will only be wishful thinking, if challenges of rural poverty, governance and institution are not put in check. Shared progress and prosperity as acclaimed by the World Bank will never be visible in Uganda.


Global Development Agenda; MDGs; SDGs; Poverty; Uganda; Shared Progress and Prosperity, Farmers


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