The World Bank has approved a $40 million credit to Uganda for strengthening social risk management and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response project.According to a World Bank statement released on Wednesday, the credit approved by the bank’s Board of Directors has a zero percentage interest rate and has a final maturity of 38 years, including a grace period of six years.
According to Uganda gender ministry, Uganda recognises GBV as a serious problem and approved a national policy on the elimination of GBV in October 2016.
This project, which was approved in June will support the implementation of the policy and will also help strengthen systems for managing social risk in development projects.
The World Bank Country Manager for Uganda, Christina Malmberg Calvo said Uganda has a good number of tried and tested interventions that have been effective in reducing the incidence of GBV through intensive behavior change communication.
The project will also invest in strengthening the capacity of key front-line services to address the needs of survivors of GBV with a strong focus in the health sector.
The project will also focus on promoting behavior change and strengthening referral mechanisms on top of improving their ability to provide quality care.
62 percent of women and 59 percent of men aged 15-49 in Uganda have previously reported cases related to physical or sexual violence at least once since the age of 15.