Karamoja RISE-K Project 2023-2027

Resilience, inclusiveness, sustainability and empowerment of communities in karamoja (RISE-K) Project

Uganda is endowed with natural resources but governance of natural resources and the effects of climate change have exacerbated the levels of poverty, disaster and humanitarian needs. While Uganda has made considerable progress in reducing the proportion of households experiencing poverty, 47% of households in Uganda experience multidimensional poverty, more than double the percentage of households (21%) experiencing monetary poverty (Uganda Multidimensional Poverty Profile, UBOS and UNICEF, 2020).

Karamoja is a sub region, located in the north-eastern Uganda, consisting of Nine (9) districts Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Karenga, Nabilatuk, Moroto, Napak, Amudat and Nakapiripirit. while the sub region is endowed with over 50 different minerals, including gold, copper, iron, Mable and limestone, it experiences the highest rate of multidimensional poverty (76%) than the national average and more people experience monetary poverty than in the rest of the country. The level of poverty is higher in Karamoja due to a multiplicity of factors including limited employment opportunities, poor governance of mineral resources, poor agricultural yields and animal production caused by droughts and unpredictable weather due to climate change, limited access to education and insecurity.

The majority of poor people in Karamoja are women and youth, mainly as a result of the disproportionate access to productive resources such as land, cattle and income generating opportunities. Women are disproportionately affected by food and nutrition security, given their care burden of producing and preparing food for family consumption, which partly escalates gender inequality in the region.

About the Project

Resilience, inclusiveness, sustainability and empowerment of communities in Karamoja (RISE-K) is a 5-year project (2023-2027) implemented by Oxfam and partners with funding support from IrishAid under the IrishAid Civil Society Partnership (ICSP) grant that will directly reach approximately 37,970 women, youth and other vulnerable people from mining and pastoralist communities who are living under extreme poverty and facing severe labour rights violations.
Oxfam and partners will deliver interventions focusing on governance and accountability for effective service delivery, promotion of women’s rights, enhance local capacity for effective people-centered, climate and conflict sensitive, gender responsive and inclusive disaster preparedness and response and improved income and food security.

Geographical Coverage

  • Nakapiririt District- Moruita and Kakomongole sub counties
  • Moroto district- Lotisan and Katikekile sub counties
  • Amudat district – Karita and Loroo sub counties

Implementing Partners

  • Resource Rights Africa (RRA) working with Center for Budget and Tax Policy
  • National Association of Women of Uganda (NAWOU)
  • CARITAS Moroto
  • The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO)


Government of Ireland

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