Can Uganda Achieve The Ambitious Sustainable Development Goals?

Posted: July 22, 2015 in The "Parliamentary Private Secretary"

After attending the Uganda National high level dialogue for development, the reoccurrence of phrase like financing for development  kept bugging me ,What does that mean? The challenge of trying to communicate these goals was what had me paying attention from 9 am to 5pm.

Mr. Carlos, the under secretary-General of the United nations, summarized it as, ‘People, planet and prosperity”. However can Uganda meet this, with 17 goals and 169 targets to be implemented within the framework of sustainability?The Sustainable Development Goals were reached at the UN’s conference, in Addis Ababa.

The sustainable development goals include:
• End poverty in all its forms everywhereIMG_4111
• End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable Agriculture
• Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages
• Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

• Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
• Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
• Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

The list continues, but just looking at just the first seven, they seem way too ambitious for Uganda as country and very unrealistic.
The great news for Uganda is that our vision 2040 embraces the key elements of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Our National Development Plan ii was also aligned to the sustainable development goals.

The dialogue rotated around key areas i.e.
• The role of the private sector in sustainable development.
• The role of official development assistance (ODA).
• Role of youth
• Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
• Tackling illicit flows and tax evasion is also, rightly, high on the agenda.

With Youth Unemployment, the role of Uganda’s largest population is left to the unknown, the youths were mentioned, called upon to take part towards achieving the SDGs’, however with no jobs the youth stand as a threat to the achieving of the SDG;s as they are an aggrieved and idle for lack of what to do, this also predicts increased criminal activity and increase in the poverty levels.
Financing for Development also seems blurred in Uganda given our rate of borrowing.
Even if we haven’t exceeded our borrowing margin, the rate at which Government presents loan request to parliament should raise eyebrows. This will hamper our efforts to develop and puts the countries at risk.
In the future, we will be accountable for actions in Addis Ababa, and what was agreed there. Therefore Uganda as a participant in making the SDG’s should make sure that the ambitious goals are met by the same ambition and strength polices to achieve them.

  1. mwiima says:

    It will not be possible to achieve these SDGs. Unless God intervenes. We lack committed individuals to champion the struggle.

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