The Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF3)

Project Background

The Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF3) is five-year Social Protection and Affirmative Programme implemented under the National Project Implementions. NUSAF3 is  financed by a World Bank IDA loan of US $130 million and became effective in March 2016. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “to provide effective income support to and build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda. NUSAF3 builds on the lessons of both the first phases (NUSAF1 AND NUSAF2) and aims to contribute to the operationalizing of the Uganda Social Protection Policy.

The project has four components. The first component contains two sub-components; Labor Intensive Public Works and Disaster Risk Financing ‒ that provide temporary/seasonal employment opportunities for poor and vulnerable households and has the capability of being scaled up in response to disasters in selected pilot areas.

The second component, Livelihood Investment Support, also contains two subcomponents ‒ Improved Household Investment Support Program (IHISP) and Sustainable Livelihood Pilot (SLP) – and provides livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households to enable them to increase their productive assets and incomes.

The third component ‒ Strengthened Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (TAAC) covers activities implemented by the Inspectorate of Government (IG) to improve transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption efforts in northern Uganda both for NUSAF3 and other services.

The fourth component ‒ Safety Net Mechanisms and Project Management provides institutional support for implementation of the project and to help develop the social protection operational tools that are envisioned in the draft Uganda Social Protection Policy (USPP).


  1. To provide effective household income support to and build Resilience of the poor and
    vulnerable household in Northern Uganda
  2. To enhance transparency and accountability in public service delivery in northern
  3. To strengthen Institutional Capacity to implement, monitor and evaluate the project at all


  1. 11,700 households (about 70,200 beneficiaries) supported with grants for Livelihood Investment Support (LIS)
  2. 43,084 households (285,500 people) targeted to earn income from temporary employment through the Labour Intensive Public Works component
  3. 76 integrated sub-watersheds developed (including terraces, bunds, flood and gully control structures).
  4. Community assets established.
  5. Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption systems (TAAC) strengthened


Implementation of PRDP coordinated and monitored

  1. Technical, managerial, and administrative support provided to districts.
  2. Baseline survey conducted for NUSAF3 3. Training and capacity building of communities conducted
  3. TST Salaries paid
  4. Effective networking, collaborative, and coordination mechanisms with sectors established. Key messages/information on the Project disseminated

Transfers to Government units

  1. Funds transferred to the beneficiary Local Governments to implement sub-projects approved by DEC.
  2. Funds transferred to the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Management to implement the Disaster Risk Financing component
  3. Funds transferred to the MGLSD to support the establishment and strengthening of systems to promote the harmonization of the direct income support event of the Social protection sector.