ADJUMANI. Adjumani district is among the nine districts selected to benefit from Ugandan shillings 150 billion Northern Uganda Resilience Initiative (NURI) funds.
NURI is one of the two main development programs funded by DANIDA through the Royal Danish Embassy after signing a memorandum of understanding with the government of Uganda to roll out the four-year program.
The other districts to benefit from the program in Northern Uganda include; Arua, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Zombo, Agago, Lamwo and Kitgum.
During the inception meeting at Adjumani multi-purpose training centre on Wednesday, Ms Gloria Drateru, the regional coordinator NURI said the objective of the project is to enhance resilience and equal economic development in supported areas of Northern Uganda.
Drateru noted that the project will focus on addressing climate change challenges, rural infrastructure development and water resource management; targeting 4,000 farmer groups in 120,000 households of both refugees and the host communities.
She added that Adjumani district will have 660 farmer groups with a component of capacity building for them.
But Mr Richard Ukuni, the NURI area manager said the component of rural infrastructure development and water resource management will be implemented by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
Mr Wilson Manyok, a refugee leader in Adjumani expressed happiness about the coming of the project, saying it will help them diversify their livelihood activities since most of the refugees are rigid to one enterprise which is cattle keeping.
He appealed to the implementers of the project to also focus on empowering women because most of them have now become pillars of livelihood in families in refugee camps.
Ms Beatrice Dipio, the female district councillor representing persons with disabilities in Adjumani commended NURI and DRC for the project and urged the implementers to exercise utmost transparency so as to ensure that the project reaches the intended beneficiaries.