Poverty in Uganda is defined as the inability to meet the basic necessities of life, poor quality and access of social services and inadequate infrastructure. A household is considered to be poor if they are unable to meet basic needs such as clothing, health care, school tuition, food and decent housing not only that but also limited physical and economic assets (MFPED 2000). A narrower and more commonly encountered definition of poverty describes it as a low level of income or consumption while vulnerability is described as a risk of falling into poverty (devereux, Lwanga Ntare and Sabates 2002:11). Risk is its self defined as the probability associated with the occurrence of a hazard, and hazards are events which if materialize can adversely affect welfare (kasaija 2006).
Broadly, vulnerability in Uganda consists of four closely related but different, categories of the poor or marginally poor namely those who live in chronic poverty, those who are sliding into chronic poverty in the future due to some trend evolution, those who are likely to become poor due to predictable events ( such as seasonality) and those likely to become poor due to risks and shocks. However the focus of the government has to date been on only the last group. Despite Uganda’s progress poverty reduction during the 1990s, 31% of the population remains below the poverty line and inequality is rising (UBOS 2006).
Uganda is ranked among the best performing economies, as measured by GDP growth in sub Saharan Africa.
While the implemented programs have positively contributed to overall poverty reduction, macro-economic stability and growth, the ;persistent and deep seated nature of poverty has brought to sport light the ineffectiveness of the intervention in playing the preventive, protective, promotive and transformative roles. Current anti-poverty intervention and strategies to reduce risk and vulnerability focus mostly to the active poor or the “working poor” thus leaving out a large and growing number of the poor. The impact of having a large proportion of “un reached” poor and vulnerable groups is that such groups will continue to be trapped or even sink into deeper poverty which jeopardizes the efforts to realize the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Uganda is ranked among the best performing economies, as measured by GDP growth in sub Saharan Africa. Inflation has been controlled at an average of 5% and the growth of real GDP averaged at 5.5% per annum (Uganda poverty status report 2013). This commendable achievement in macroeconomic management notwithstanding, Uganda’s social development indicators such infant, child and maternal mortality remain among the worst in the world, According to the human development report (2012). In addition the Uganda chronic poverty report (2014) estimates that 26% of the total population of Uganda (now well over 9 million) lives in chronic poverty, with the majority being women, orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs), and those who rely on one account of agriculture or on causal jobs. This variance in terms of translating the impressive macroeconomic performance into microeconomic, socio-economic transformation, essential for development and the growing inequality has in particular led to the greater income poverty and insecurity.
The foundation has tried to fight poverty in many ways and this report highlights some of the major achievement and the ongoing work as far as fighting poverty is concerned. The foundation has unwavering commitment towards bettering the standards of living within people in all our target areas with a special focus on people being left out by the government programmes such as NAADS, operation wealth creation among others (the very poor).
We have provided them with inputs such seedlings and fertilizers to enhance greater yields not only but also the provision of pigs, sheep and goats to a few households operating on a multiplier system to enable us expand and sustain the program. We have also engaged the youth in entrepreneur skills such as soap making, tailoring and poultry farming to enable them change the destinies of their lives, however a lot has been done but due to limited resources we have been unable to accomplish all our goals which can drastically change the poverty levels.
The foundation seeks more goats, cows, rabbits, chicks for poultry, pigs and sheep to enlarge on its project of giving out those animals to underserved households to pull themselves out of poverty and to raise their standards of living. This will also be a revolving project to enhance sustainability.