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.
Uganda attaining middle-income country status by 2020
National Social Protection policy Goal
Reduce poverty and socio-economic inequalities for inclusive development by 2020
- A sustainable, efficient and well co-ordinated social protection system institutionalised, financed and reaching beneficiaries
- Vulnerable citizens benefit from regular, predictable direct income support
The ESP II (post pilot) will contribute to Uganda’s social protection objectives by delivering expanded direct income support and institutionalising a strong national social protection system, and through social protection policy development and implementation. A central component of ESP II will be the roll out of the Senior Citizens Grant (SCG), which is explained in more detail in Section 5.3 below.
ESP II will contribute to the broader objectives outlined in the National Social Protection Policy aimed at reducing poverty and socio-economic inequalities for inclusive development, which in turn will help build a population that is secure and resilient to socio-economic risks and shocks.
ESP II will support the following objectives, which are aligned to the GoU Social Protection Programme Plan of Intervention (PPI):
- Expand provision of direct income support, contributory social security and social care and support to vulnerable individuals and households;
- Strengthen the institutional framework for coordinated social protection service delivery.
- Enhance the enabling environment for the development and implementation of social protection policy
ESP II Outputs
ESP II will deliver the following outputs by June 2020:
- Output 1: MGLSD capacity strengthened to lead on social protection.
- Output 2: Sustainable and accountable system for cash transfer delivery established at national scale.
- Output 3: Senior Citizens’ Grant (and other vulnerable groups’ grants) delivering regular and reliable payments to beneficiaries across the entire country.
Output 4: Increased public understanding of, and demand for, an accountable social protection system.