Welcome to the Social Protection Programme Management Unit (SP-PMU) website. The SP-PMU is the successor of the Social Protection Secretariat, under Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development.
Between 2010-2015, the Government of Uganda, with support from DFID/UKAID, Irish Aid and UNICEF piloted the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) Programme. The ESP 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 the next 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 also 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).
It is in the backdrop of these developments following the pilot that the SP-PMU was established as the Coordination Centre for social protection interventions within the framework of the Policy in the country, but also to manage the roll out of the Senior Citizens Grants.
This website is therefore about social protection interventions in Uganda generally, but also on the roll out of the Senior Citizens Grants, specifically.