A sociotechnical assessment, Kodo & Kaabong Districts, Karamoja, Uganda.
Karamoja is characterized by acute poverty and has the lowest social and economic development of Uganda. The situation improved over the past years, but the region was unable to successfully implement and manage long-term sustainable development processes.
The many disaster risk reduction, capacity building and other support projects proved helpful, but the region remains disaster prone. Much too often hazards still result in food insecurity, disease and conflict.The underlying sociotechnical assessment is part of a larger project that aims to formulate a development strategy towards building livelihood resilience.
This sociotechnical assessment includes an analysis of the current biophysical situation of the Dopeth Catchment, the identification of linkages, challenges and opportunities, and the formulation of the most effective, practical and realistic solutions. In agreement with the IUCN guidelines and the policies adopted by the Government of Uganda (MWE – Directorate of WRM 2012), a catchment perspective is adopted and integrated ecosystem-based disaster risk reduc&on approach is pursued.
In this Atlas, the results of the sociotechnical assessment are presented in the form of thematic maps. A description of the current biophysical landscape and the potential for improved land management, sustainable water resources use and use of other ecosystem services is given.
Based on the assessment, at the end, the main challenges are summarized and possible solutions are provided.We are confident that the data and analyses presented will assist to guide informed decision making in Karamoja, upon building more resilient livelihoods.