The Population Secretariat is a departmental organization under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The Government of Uganda recognises that its population is the single most important resource that can propel development. Government also recognises the intricate and fundamental interrelations between population and development. Furthermore, it recognises that the process of development has an important effect on population trends and factors which, in turn, have a major impact on the attainment of development objectives and targets.
It is against this background that Government established the Population Secretariat in 1988 as a semi-autonomous government institution under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, to coordinate the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive Population Policy and to ensure the incorporation of population variables in Uganda’s development planning at all levels. The National Population Policy is in harmony with the National Vision and Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP).
The Mandate of the Population Secretariat is to:
- Formulate and review the National Population Policy, ensuring policy and programme coherence, including alignment with appropriate international instruments and agreements.
- Promote the integration of population variables in development planning at all levels in the country.
- Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the National Population Policy and programme.
- Mobilize resources for implementation of the country population policy and programme