The World Bank signed a credit of the $153 million with the Government of Uganda aiming at supporting the Sustainable Development Project in the Albertine rift – the region heavily frequented by travelers on safaris in Uganda.
Project that is noted to last for five (5) years is estimated to
generate benefits that will cover about three (3) million people. The
project will feature infrastructure development, market development,
skills development all in the Uganda’s Albertine rift - the region that
is undergoing expeditious transformation and growth following the
discovery of oil on top of being a lucrative Uganda safari destination.
agreement which was appended by the Minister of Finance, Planning and
Economic Development Matia Kasaija along with the Country Manager of
World Bank in Uganda Christina Malmberg Calvo marking the final touch to
securing the money for the project implementation.
Development Project in the Albertine Rift will fund the upgrade of the
100km road stretching from Kyenjojo to Kabwoya from gravel to a class
two road highway. This section of the road is part of the greater 238km
Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba road which is usually used by the
travelers on safari in Uganda
to connect to destinations in the Albertine area. Therefore the road
will enable to link the districts of Kyenjojo, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi,
and Kiryandongo all in the west of Uganda. The road’s upgrade will
contribute to travel time reduction, stimulate development of the local
economy and offer easier access to markets and social services in the
The Sustainable Development Project will also aim at enhancing
the local development through finding small scale infrastructure that
appear to be productive in the districts of Hoima and Buliisa along with
upgrade of the rural roads to the all season roads. The credit funds
will also facilitate the planning of towns which are undergoing the
development pressure in the Albertine region along with building
capacity in the local authorities to handle the effects of the growth
The fund will also see the range of technical colleges
upgraded among which include the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba and
the Uganda Technical College located in Kichwamba thus creating a
lasting future impact. The project will aim at modernizing the
curriculum and facilities along with improving the institutional
governance. The bursary scheme to support about 600 students in skills
development which will enable them secure jobs in the region in the
areas of tourism, agro processing, nursing and construction will also be
The Albertine rift is the western arm of the
East African Rift Valley and is one of the most diverse regions on the
continental lands of Africa prompting world travelers to undertake safaris to Uganda.
The Albertine rift features more than a half of the birds of Africa,
40% of the mammals of Africa, and 20% of the plants and Amphibians and
most interestingly, it contains great vertebrate species than any other
part of Africa.
The Albertine rift is regarded a biodiversity hot as
it supports more endemic, endangered and threatened Species compared to
any other part of Africa including the mountain gorillas always
explored on gorilla safaris in Uganda distributed in the national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla in Uganda.