The US Agency for International
Development (USAID) has terminated its
Covid-19 cash transfer programme in
US embassy there said the decision wowed the Ugandan government indefinite suspension of GiveDirectly, non-profit organisation that was conducting the programme.
“In light of this indefinite suspension, it is
now unlikely that the programme will
meet its original objective, which was to
prevent Covid-19 related economic backsliding of the most vulnerable Ugandans,” the embassy said in
“Therefore, we are obligated contractually to terminate the program permanently”.
The programme was to benefit 120,000
Ugandans who lost livelihoods because
of the coronavirus pandemic. Each
beneficiary was to receive 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($26; £20) every month for three months.
The embassy regretted that those identified to benefit from the programme will not be able to receive the cash transfers.
Uganda has so far confirmed over 12,700
coronavirus cases with 112 deaths.