Estonia’s goal in Uganda is to contribute to the country’s development plans set forth by Uganda Vision 2040. Digitalisation is seen as one of the main catalysts for this vision, and in search of solutions Uganda is looking to Estonia for guidance in building a successful e-government.

The priorities are improving the quality of education, strengthening the private sector, creating jobs, and developing infrastructure and the agricultural sector. Together with international organisations, local civil society organisations, and the public sector, ESTDEV contributes to education, teacher training, and digital transformation.

Since many digital solutions are already in use in the Ugandan education system, there is a need to support the process of data collection, management, and analysis to ensure evidence-based decision-making in this area. In addition, one of ESTDEV’s goals, together with local partners, is to help improve the quality of the IT workforce, which in the long run will also help increase the development and usability of the country’s e-services.

From 2009–2021, Estonia supported Uganda through a number of development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects amounting to nearly 2 million euros and 16 implemented projects. As of September 1, 2022, there are five active projects focusing mainly on the deployment of e-learning solutions and digital competencies, as well as on youth entrepreneurship.

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda

Priority areas of Estonian development cooperation in Uganda

  • Digital transformation – assessing national digital maturity; preparing the corresponding roadmap, including development of existing and new e-government tools and e-services.
  • Entrepreneurship – developing a start-up ecosystem and increasing 21st-century skills among young people; increasing the competitiveness of young people and women in the labor market; introducing digital opportunities through evolving skill sets.
  • Education – providing e-learning solutions; making e-learning materials more accessible; developing digital competences.

Important documents

Ongoing projects in Uganda

Project Project dates Project implementer
National Qualification Framework-NQF 01.10.2022–31.12.2022 ESTDEV
Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 in Education: Enhancing Digital Competencies in East Africa 01.01.2021–31.12.2022 NGO Mondo
Providing eKool services in Uganda 01.06.2021–31.12.2022 eKool AS
Strengthening Ugandan education system and supporting youth employability through digital competencies trainings with focus on West Nile region 01.08.2021–31.01.2023 NGO Mondo
Improved Market Access, Value addition and Increased Employment of the Ugandan Youth in Agriculture 30.08.2021–28.02.2023 NGO Peipsi Koostöö Keskus
Increasing digital competency and competitiveness among Ugandan youth and women 01.09.2021–31.03.2023 Garage48 OÜ
LIFT: Leading Innovative Future Together 01.10.2022–30.04.2023 ESTDEV