The US government last year spent a total of $896m (Shs3.3 trillion) in financial aid to Uganda to facilitate its health, agriculture, education and security programmes.
The contribution is a reduction from $971 million (Shs3.6 trillion) that was extended to the country in 2017.
More than half of the financial aid amounting to $511.2 (Shs1.9 trillion) was spent on the health sector, while peace, security and stability took $296.1m (Shs1.08 trillion).
Wealth creation and agriculture took $55.7m (Shs204b), followed by education at $20.1m (Shs73b), and democracy at $12.9m (Shs47.3b).
While presenting the fiscal year 2018 report to Ugandans yesterday in Kampala, Ms Deborah Malac, the US ambassador, said much of the US assistance to Uganda is dedicated to the health sector to aid the fight against HIV/Aids and other diseases.
“We also support programmes and initiatives that strengthen Uganda’s resources and capacity to limit the spread of other communicable diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, and control outbreaks of infectious diseases,” she said.
Ms Malac said their funding does not go directly to the government, but is channelled through implementing partners who work directly with the communities they support.
Asked why they do not channel the funds through the government, Ms Malac explained that from past experiences, the funds were mismanaged and the only way to eliminate corruption is through channelling them directly to the recipients.
She said their focus is on youth and women who form the majority of the population of Uganda.She noted that last year, the USAID’s Youth Leadership in Agriculture activity provided benefits to more than 89,000 Ugandan youth through entrepreneurship opportunities.