This document is the 2016 Annual Performance Report for the Project for Establishment of Saemaul Model Villages in Uganda (ESMV). The report presents the achievements of the project for the period from 1st January 2016 to 30th November 2016.

1.1 Background

On 29th April 2015, the Government of Uganda (GoU) represented by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) represented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Establishment of Saemaul Model Villages in Uganda (ESMV) project.

The three year project (2015-2018) is being financed through a grant of two million five hundred United States Dollars (US $ 2,500,000) by the Republic of Korea and contribution of five hundred thousand United States Dollars (US $ 500,000) by the Government of Uganda.

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate Saemaul Undong (New Community Movement), a rural development model based credited for the transformation of the rural South Korean economy using the principles of self‐help, diligence and cooperation.

The objectives of the project are;

  1. Support the Government of the Republic of Uganda to achieve its strategic goal of unlocking rural growth in order to increase agricultural production, increase beneficiary farmers’ income, reduce poverty, and improve living conditions.
  2. Promote a community-based integrated rural development model following the Saemaul Undong (hereinafter referred to as the SMU) approach of the Republic of Korea (ROK) with a beneficiaries’ mindset of self-help, diligence, and cooperation.
  3. Increase agricultural production and development-based marketing under the Project in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.
  4. Strengthen the capacity of central and local government officials and the representatives of farmer organizations/cooperatives.

The ESMV project therefore, using the Saemaul Undong development model and Saemaul Undong principles, seeks to establish one (1) model village in each of the seven lower local Governments (six sub counties and one town council) of Mpigi District.