Uganda is a low income country that, in spite of is recent growth spurt, continues to be one of the poorest nations in the world. It is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change. About 82% of the population is rural and dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and the country derives significant income from exported agricultural crops. Other climate sensitive sectors, especially tourism, water and energy are also economically important. In recent decades, Uganda has experienced increased occurrence of droughts, floods and other extreme climate events. This makes the economy and population highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In a recent CDKN study, it was estimated that the economic cost of inaction on climate change by 2025 is 20 times the costs of adaptation.
CDKN’s work programme in Uganda aims to reduce poverty through equitable, sustainable economic growth and by increasing the population’s resilience to climate change.