In April last year, 4,200 beneficiaries in Arua central division were selected to benefit from the pilot program funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO) through the Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development.
of the Urban Cash for Work Programme (UCWP) in Arua City have threatened to
withdraw after failing to access the funds close to the year.
In April last year, 4,200 beneficiaries in Arua central division were selected
to benefit from the pilot program funded by the International Labour Organization
(ILO) through the Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development.
According to the project guidelines, each of 50 cells in the division is to
receive 17.5 Million Shillings for the implementation of community projects
designed to provide short-term labour-intensive employment to poor and
In November last year, the city received 912.8 Million Shillings from the
Ministry of Gender for the community projects, but the individual groups say
they have failed to get the money to date.
The Chairperson for Oli b cell community urban for cash group Hassan Bilal said
they were giving up waiting to access the funds describing it as unattainable.
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Hassan, the Chairperson Swalia cell urban for cash group also noted that the
people under his jurisdiction are growing hopeless about receiving the support.
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The focal person
for the Urban Cash for Work Programme, Beatrice Taliru confirmed that the
groups are yet to get access to the funds which the city has deposited in the
group project accounts.
attributed this to the delayed official launch of the Programme by the Ministry
of Labour, Gender and Social Development.
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However, the deputy resident city commissioner Dickson Adomati has appealed for
calm among the beneficiaries saying their project funds are safe.
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The Urban Cash for Work Programme aims to
mitigate the income shock encountered by some of the households in large urban
centres as a result of the various measures instituted by the government to contain
the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.