World Bank lifts funding suspension on Uganda road projects

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The Hoima- Kaiso- Tonya road will serve as a major access to the Albertine alp oil region and traverses an area rich in production of cash and food crops.

On June 6, 2017, the World Bank lifted the suspension of the civil works components of the North Eastern Road Corridor Asset Management Project (NERAMP) and the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project.

The decision resulted from an assessment of progress made by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) in addressing issues that led to the suspension in December 2015.

The Bank’s assessment found that UNRA had made progress in strengthening its capacity to manage its roads program, in areas including contract supervision and a more systematic approach to environmental and social safeguards management.

The assessment also recognized a change in culture and commitment within UNRA to engage communities and deliver projects in a way that enhances positive social impacts and addresses labour influx issues.

The Bank noted that UNRA continues to follow up on contentious, complicated cases related to compensation for project affected people and recruitment of reputable local NGOs to work on enhanced social impact management along all World Bank financed road corridors.

The World Bank also plans to support Uganda through a national scale project on gender-based violence prevention and response in a more systematic way.

The Government of Uganda is financing with its own funds the completion of the Fort Portal to Kamwenge road.

On March 30 2017, the first Progress Report on addressing issues raised in the TSDP Inspection Panel report was delivered to the Board of Executive Directors on implementation of the Management Action Plan, covering the period October 13, 2016 to March 21, 2017. It included the following updates:

A general review of environmental and social safeguards performance in all relevant Bank-financed projects in Uganda has been completed, as well as a complementary review with a specific focus on the risks of sexual abuse involving minors, and child labour.

Environmental and social provisions for contractors and supervising engineers in future Bank supported operations have been strengthened Bank-wide for civil works carried out in, or near, vulnerable communities and in other high-risk situations

A guidance note for Bank staff has been disseminated on issues associated with labour influx.

Based on this guidance, a portfolio-wide review of projects across the Bank is being carried out to ensure that pertinent issues are being appropriately addressed.

A Global Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Task Force was formed to strengthen the institution’s response to instances of GBV encountered as part of its operations.

The Task Force includes a range of members from academia, NGOs, foundations, UNICEF, and government.

The Task Force is expected to deliver its report in June 2017 with the Bank committed to following up on its recommendations.

Read the full World Bank report here