Denmark funds Uganda to fight corruption

Danish ambassador, Nicolaj Hejberg Pedersen signs an agreement with Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister, Matia Kasaija for a grant to fight corruption in Uganda on Tuesday.

The Danish government has donated a-Shs19b (DKK 35m- Danish Kroner) to enable the government of Uganda fight corruption.

The function that took place on Tuesday in Kampala, saw Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister, Matia Kasaija pen an agreement with the Danish ambassador to Uganda, Nicolaj Hejberg Pedersen.

The grant is a contribution for the government of Uganda to ensure that there is more efficient and effective way of accounting for public funds.

The programme that runs up to 2022 aims to ensure that government reduces poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic development.

It also focuses on human rights, democratic and good governance observance. The funds will be channelled to the Resource Enhancement and Accountability Programme (REAP) coordinated by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

The funds centre on improved management of public funds to impact service delivery.

The ambassador said: “It is no secret that corruption and inefficiencies are a huge obstacle to the development of this country [Uganda] and it is through support that accountability and administration services are strengthened at local and central government levels for Ugandans to access public services.”

Kasaija said the funds were “essential in ensuring that all Ugandans benefit from improved service delivery.”

REAP is supported by the European Union (EU), the German Development Bank (KfW) and the government of Uganda.

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