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The United Nations (UN) has announced that Uganda has met the requirements to be categorised as a lower-middle-income country following impressive improvements in the population’s health, education and income levels.
Ms Susan Ngongi Namondo, the UN resident coordinator in Uganda, revealed this yesterday during the launch of the 2023/2024 Human Development Report (HDR) at Makerere University in Kampala.
The HDR specifically showed that Uganda had made significant improvements in the Human Development Index (HDI), rising from a global ranking of 166 in 2022 to 159 in 2024 for the 193 countries and territories assessed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The elements assessed are income levels, health and education levels, and inequalities within the population.
While presenting the report at the university, Ms Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, the UNDP resident representative, said in the 2021/2022 HDR, Uganda was placed in the category of low human development and positioned 166 out of 191 countries and territories.
Ms Namondo, the UN resident coordinator, however, warned that the country would have to work a lot harder to sustain these gains.
Speaking during the report launch Ms Robinah Nabbanja, the prime minister, said the government would increase investment in interventions like the Parish Development Model (PDM) to ensure no Ugandan is left behind.

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