The Northern Uganda Early Recovery Project has received a boost of 3.9 million dollars from the Government of Japan and the United Nations Organization.
A statement from the Japanese government says the money will be channeled through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to facilitate resettlement and recovery among war displaced communities. It will be used to rebuild community roads, improve the production capacity of about 10,000 shouseholds and will provide technical support to district health teams in hard-to-reach areas.
The fund will also allow 16 sub-counties to engage in peace building and conflict prevention processes through conducting inter-ethnic group meetings, civil-military dialogue meetings, and community reconciliation and dialogue meetings with women, youth, religious, and cultural leaders.
During the past 20 years, about 1.5 million people were been displaced as a consequence of the war between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army. With the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in August 2006 and the subsequent improvement in security, the rate of return of internally displaced persons to their communities has risen.
Several humanitarian and emergency relief organizations are working to ensure self-sustainable development in return communities.