This morning, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda launched the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) at the Uganda Media Center. This programme is aimed at helping women access financial services and enable them to create wealth through boosting their entrepreneurship capabilities.
The Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) is an initiative of the Government of Uganda being implemented as a Rolling Programme under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD). The Programme is designed to address the challenges women face in undertaking economically viable income generating projects including the limited access to affordable credit, limited technical knowledge and skills for business development, limited access to markets as well as information regarding business opportunities. UWEP therefore provides the opportunity to enhance financial inclusion, promote entrepreneurship development and effective participation of women in the economic development of the Country
UWEP will be implemented through the existing structures of Government at the Central and Local Government levels with the MGLSD as the overall policy coordinating and implementing agency working together with other stakeholders who include Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister, the line Ministries, the National Women’s Council and Local Government Authorities.
The Programme design has been adopted from the Youth Livelihood Model; hence implementation will follow the procedures and modalities of the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) that is also implemented under the MGLSD. The staff of the Ministry by virtue of their experience will be critical in the execution of the Programme and will be supported by staff of the Technical Support Unit (TSU).
The distribution of funds to the Local Governments will be based on the population of women, poverty count and land area. The 19 pilot districts include Bundibugyo, Kalangala, Kamuli, Kaliro, Katakwi, Kayunga, Kibale, Kiruhura, Kisoro and Kitgum. Others are; Koboko, Kole, Mayuge, Moroto, Nakasongola, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Otuke and Wakiso. The target beneficiaries are women between the ages of 18 and 65. 3 billion ugx ($867,000) has been earmarked for the project. We are reaching out to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) to see how you can benefit.