Parish Development Model


The Parish Development Model (PDM) is a 5 years multi-sectorial strategy introduced by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development to improve incomes and welfare of Ugandans by bringing services closer to the citizens.

The Parish is the lowest Administrative epicenter for grass root planning, budgeting, reporting and service delivery by both the State and Non-State actors.

The model aims at increasing household income and improve the quality of livelihood of Ugandans with a specific focus on the total economic transformation on the households through getting Ugandans out of the subsistence economy into the money economy.

PDM priorities at the parish level are as below.

  1. Security, intelligence and defense infrastructure
  2. Law and Order, Police and village courts
  3. Education, Kindergarten, primary, Secondary and Technical Schools.
  4. Extension, Commercial and community development services by crop, livestock, fisheries, business development Services etc.
  5. Health care, for preventive and curative health
  6. Roads; District, Urban and Community roads (DUCARS)
  7. Storage, fresh goods and Dry goods
  8. Environmental services
  9. Processing, Cleaning, Sorting Drying, packaging and milling
  10. Energy, for cooking, lighting and industry
  11. Information and Communication Technology(ICT)
  12. Water, for domestic use and production
  13. Financial Services, savings, credit, insurance, payment, platforms etc. 

Economic transformation will be measured through the following.

§  Every household having minimum income to access basic human needs

§  Every household having assets necessary to generate adequate income and services

§  Every household earning a minimum of Ushs of 20 million per annum by 2025.

Pillars of the Parish Development Model

1.     Development( Production, storage, Processing and Marketing)

2.     Infrastructure and Economic Services

3.     Financial inclusion

4.     Social services

5.     Community mobilization and mind set change

6.     Parish based Management Information system

7.     Governance and Administration

Who the PDM targets

The model targets the 39% of Ugandans households approximately 16 million Ugandans under subsistence economy.

The subsistence households will be identified by the following characteristics.

In rural areas;

  • Low income earners with low or no savings
  • Have limited access to land with majority owning or being able to rent not more than 1.3 acres of land.
  • Majority did not finish primary education
  • While they grow food crops most of it if not all is for home consumption
  • Produce mainly food crops (beans, maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, g-nuts etc.)
  • Have high household size
  • Depend on others for handouts e.g. parents and friends
  • Rent or live with family on family land

In urban areas,

  • Access to food is a challenge
  • Negative mind set to investing for tomorrow
  • Many are educated but came to urban areas for greener pastures
  • Nomadism, they never settle in one place for a long time
  • They depend on others for handouts
  • Many in brokerage business(dealers)-so they don’t plan for tomorrow
  • Involved in micro enterprise- trade
  • Majority are outside the farming sub-sector
  • Access to land is a challenge
  • They have food/cash only for today- tomorrow will care for itself
  • Engage in petty trade/ casual Labor or deals   

Enterprises eligible for support under PDM

1.     Input production and supply

a)     Animal Feed

b)    Seed

c)     Fertilizer

d)    Agro-chemicals

e)     Machineries

f)     Irrigation

g)    Equipment

Primary Production (farming)

Ø  Crop

Ø  Livestock

Ø  Fish

Handling processing, store

  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Grading
  • Storage
  • Processing
  • Value Addition
  • Packing


Marketing, trade, Distribution

  • Wholesale
  • Retail
  • Export