The discovery of oil in the Albertine region has generated high expectations for economic development and the project Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP) was initiated by the Government of Uganda with a World Bank funding of USD 145 million to facilitate a more orderly, sustainable and inclusive transformation of the Albertine Region.

The project consists of three project components as follows:

  • Component 1- Regional Access and Connectivity (National Roads)
  • Component 2- Local Access, Planning and Development
  • Component 3- Skills Access and Upgrading

The project is multi-sectoral and as such, the implementation is done by three different government institutions; the Uganda National Roads Authority, Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development and The Ministry of Education and Sports.

The first component, implemented by UNRA aims at improving overall accessibility to the Albertine region, reducing travel times, and improving access to markets and services. This will be done by upgrading the road stretch from Kyenjojo to Kabwoya, connecting the districts of Kyenjono, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi and Kiryandogo.

The second component implemented by the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development aims at increasing rural accessibility to markets and services, preparing selected key urban centres for growth, and providing economic infrastructure targeted to key sectors in the region.

The third component implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports is designed to upgrade business, technical and vocational education, and training (BTVET) quality in the oil and gas sector, make it more in line with private sector demands, and provide greater access to the BTVET system to people living in the Albertine region.

The project key impacts areas will include:

  1. a) Regional transport infrastructure that will improve connectivity and access within and to the Albertine Region and facilitate an economy centred not only on oil, but also agriculture, fishing and tourism;
  2. b) Local area development for orderly and planned growth and improvements in the infrastructure and services of districts and rapidly urbanizing centres in the region; and
  3. c) A more skilled workforce that is able to respond to employment opportunities that are emerging in the region.

Project Management and implementation

The Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development is responsible for the overall oversight of the Project through an established Project Steering Committee (PSC) which has representatives from the implementing agencies and all other key ministries. The PSC provides policy direction during the implementation of the project.

 Project costs and financing

Component

 

Total cost (USD) IDA (USD M) GOU (USD M) IDA financing %
 

Regional Access and connectivity

 

101.89

 

95.00

 

6.89

 

93

 

Local access, Planning and Development

 

 

25.00

 

25.00

 

0

 

100

 

Skills Financing and Upgrading

 

 

27.00

 

25.00

 

2.00

 

93

 

Implementation of component 2

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development commenced implementation of Component 2 in December 2015. The Ministry works in close collaboration with Ministry of Local Government and the participating Local Governments.

Under the component, the Ministry is supporting physical planning and infrastructure development in three areas; Hoima District Council, Buliisa District Council and Buliisa Town council.

The physical planning sub-component is financing preparation of Physical Development Plans of Nine (9) urban centres; Wanseko, and Biiso in Buliisa District as well as Kigorobya, Kiziranfumbi, Kyangwali, Kabwoya, Butema, Kyarushesha and Buhuka in Hoima District. In addition, the sub-component will support capacity building of the respective councils to implement the plans.

 

The infrastructure supported will be; (i) Roads, with a focus on improving and or repairing the district roads and some urban roads, (ii) Local economic infrastructure for example markets, fish landing sites, storage facilities and slaughterhouses.

The Local infrastructure sub-component is supporting construction of local roads and local economic infrastructure. Under roads, the focus is on improvements and/or repair of district/town council roads (covering about 365 km) to make them motorable all year around.

 

This will involve removal of bottlenecks to access that may include repair/provision of bridges, culverts, raising of critical road sections especially in swamp areas and any other spot improvement. 

 

In addition, about 10 km of urban roads mainly in Buliisa Town Council and Butiaba Port shall be upgraded to bituminous standard. The local economic infrastructure shall include markets (13No.), fish landing sites (2No.), fish cages (25no.), and animal slaughter house (1No.)

 

Below are the maps of the areas for intervention under component 2 (Click to Download)

  1. Kiziranfumbi GC ALT 2
  2. Kabwoya GC PDP ALT 2
  3. Kigorobya Final Structure Plan
  4. Kiziranfumbi GC ALT 2
  5. KIGOROBYA