USAID’s Securing Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja Activity (EKISIL): Provision of Technical Assistance in Leading Process of Developing and Writing the Karamoja Regional Development Strategy and its First Implementation Investment (October 19, 2020-March 2021):
Governance Systems International (GSI) was contracted by Mercy Corps to provide technical assistance in Leading Process of Developing and Writing the Karamoja Regional Development Strategy and its First Implementation Investment Plan. With funding from the United States Agency for International Development - (USAID), Mercy Corps is implementing a three-and-a-half-year USAID’s Securing Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja Activity (EKISIL) that seeks to address conflict through three interrelated objectives that contribute to social reconciliation, supporting the Karamoja Regional Initiatives, strengthening local capacities and addressing the emerging post-conflict problems of land in Karamoja. As part of strengthening local capacities, Mercy Corps is part of the Karamoja Regional Coordination Initiative cooperation that brings together Local Governments, Civil Society Organisations, the Private Sector, Faith Based Organisations and cultural institutions in Karamoja for purposes of development.
This cooperation derived its existence from the provisions of section (8) of the Local Governments Act CAP 243 and Article 178 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. EKISIL was supporting Karamoja Regional Coordination Initiative to develop two development planning protocols which are: - Karamoja Regional Development Strategy: a long-term overall desired vision of the people of Karamoja and a wider transformative framework with identified priority development thematic areas; and the strategy’s first Implementation Investment Plan: an investment plan detailing specific priority projects to materialize the Karamoja Regional Coordination Initiative Development Strategy. GSI facilitated the process of formulating Karamoja Regional Development Strategy and its first evidence-based investment plan.