Uganda has made considerable progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals-MDG’s, despite the fact there are still gaps in priority areas such as education and health that need to be addressed before the 2015 deadline.
This was observed in a high level National Civil Society Organization’s Consultation on MDG’s and Post 2015 Development Agenda held in Kampala on Thursday. In the ensuing debate on the subject, it was noted that positive progress has been in areas such as poverty reduction, dealing with gender disparities in education and availing Anti Retro Viral (ARV’s) drugs.
Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), said if Government remains committed to policies that address priority areas of the MDG’s, Uganda is likely to achieve its targets.
The United Nations Development Programme 2013, progress report on MDG’s shows that Uganda has made efforts to achieve Goals 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8, which are to: eradicate extreme poverty; promote gender equality and empower women; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.
According to the 2013 scorecard on MDG’s, the country is on track to meeting its targets on Universal Primary Education and HIV/AIDS, although it may not hit the 2015 target on the other six goals.
Uganda may also be able to achieve Goal 2, on universal primary education, if efforts to encourage children to complete primary education are endowed.
However, Biraahwa Mukitale Adyeeri, the Buliisa County MP argues that there is need for a mutual agreement between development partners and government to meet priority agendas like targeting Agriculture in rural development.
It was observed that there is still minimal progress towards Goals 4 and 5 that target to reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health.
In an open debate on what Ugandans want to see post 2015, it was argued that with strengthened institutions, and additional funding, the country may be able to meet the target for hunger. It was also observed that progress is less satisfactory in ensuring quality primary education, sustainable agriculture, eliminating gender disparity and engaging private public partnerships.
The eight MDG’s which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and increasing access to universal primary education by 2015,were agreed on world leaders in 2000 as part of the development agenda.