AAH UGANDA SETS ITS EYES ON KARAMOJA
Between June and August 2015, AAH Uganda will conduct a study of the Karamoja sub-region in Northern Uganda. The exercise aims to identify existing prospects in the area and hopes to:
- Better understand the region; the people, culture, structure of ruler ship and other social issues.
- Pinpoint areas of AAH Uganda’s involvement in improving the quality of life for livelihood challenged communities in Karamoja region.
- Identify allies (partners) and areas to work together.
- Interest funding partners and donors with ideas for funding.
A decision will be taken in the second month to ascertain possibilities of establishing an office in Karamoja and recruit a liaison officer.
Karamoja sub-region comprises of Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Amudat and Napak. According to the 2010 Uganda Bureau of Statistics there are over 1.2 million people in Karamoja. It is the least developed region in Uganda. It borders the Pokot in northern Kenya and for a long time the two communities have warred with each other or cattle and other. In 22 years, Uganda’s poverty levels has dropped to 19.7 per cent from 56 per cent while Karamoja in the same time period has a poverty level of 82 per cent. Other humanitarian and developmental indicators for Karamoja compared to the national ones are not good either, for example in the education sector the national literacy percentage is at 67 per cent while the Karamoja sub-region is at 11 per cent. With this assessment AAH Uganda plans to diversify its reach and target vulnerable communities like Karamoja improve the quality of life for livelihood challenged communities.
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