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Title:Meeting the International Poverty Targets in Uganda: Halving Poverty and Achieving Universal Primary Education
Author:McGee, Rosemary
Periodical:Development Policy Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Economics and Trade
international relations
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:Poverty levels in Uganda are now higher than in the 1960s, due to bad government and civil strife in the 1970s and 1980s distorting capitalist development, marginalization of small farmers and monopolistic and corrupt attitudes. After his re-election in 1996, President Museveni set in motion the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) and the Universal Primary Education (UPE) initiative. This paper relates the International Development Targets (IDTs) of the OECD to the Ugandan government's own poverty reduction policies and targets, the PEAP and the UPE, and attempts to identify the key challenges which need to be overcome if the targets are to be met. Key features of the Uganda policy context are highlighted. An overview is given of the findings for all seven IDTs, with special attention to economic well-being and education, which receive most prominence in government and donor circles, and which have some chance of attainment near or by the target date. The chance of meeting the environment target is also good, if the PEAP's strategy for poverty reduction with growth is maintained. The gender equality target may be achieved in appearance. For the health targets the outlook is negative due to the AIDS pandemic. Whatever the achievement of IDTs, the commitment to poverty reduction offers useful insights for developing the concepts of partnership and local ownership. The national planning and target-setting exercise has mobilized public and political support behind the poverty reduction objective. Bibliogr., notes, ref.