Expanding Social Protection (ESP) Programme

Welcome to the Expanding Social Protection Programme Management Unit (ESP-PMU) website. The ESP-PMU is the successor of the Social Protection Secretariat, under Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development.

From 2010 to 2015, the Government of Uganda, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development DFID/UKAID and Irish Aid piloted the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) Programme. The ESPI had two objectives; (i) to develop the National Social Protection Policy and, (ii) the pilot the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) under which the Senior Citizens Grant was implemented.

Following the successful completion of the pilot in 2015, the Government of Uganda took a decision to roll out the Senior Citizens Grants to an additional 40 districts over 5 years; starting with 20 in Financial Year 2015/16, thereafter to 5 districts every year, till 2019/20.  The National Social Protection Policy for Uganda was approved by Cabinet in November 2015 and launched in March 2016. The Policy provides a wider framework for social protection implementation in Uganda, beyond the social grants (specifically the Senior Citizens Grants).

This website is therefore about Uganda’s pursuit to establishing a national social protection system, in line with the country’s National Social Protection Policy.  It is also about implementation of the Senior Citizens Grant as a beginning black for building the social protection stem.

What we do

The purpose of the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) Programme is to embed a national social protection system that benefits the poorest as a core element of Uganda’s national policy, planning and budgeting processes. The ESP Programme comprises of two main components.

The Policy Component

Is concerned with developing a national system and a policy framework for social protection in Uganda. Under this, the ESP provides support to:

  • Put in place a national social protection system and policy framework with institutions, funding, human resources and policies for implementation of social protection in Uganda
  • Strengthen leadership and institutional capacities across various entities (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) in the Government of Uganda to deliver social protection

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Strategic Vision

The National Social Protection Policy provides the overarching framework outlining a clear vision and strategic objectives for social protection in the Ugandan context within the framework of the Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan. The ESP Programme draws on the Policy and its Programme Plan of Intervention and is designed to contribute to Uganda’s vision for its national social protection system.

National Goal

Uganda attaining middle-income country status by 2020

National Social Protection policy Goal

 Reduce poverty and socio-economic inequalities for inclusive development by 2020

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Below is a list of beneficiaries, click on the image to view full details. We encourage you to spend time looking through these and drawing your own conclusions.

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Our Coverage

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