`s parish development model is its` government`s latest attempt to turn around service delivery and alleviate poverty at the grassroots by springing nearly 39 percent of households from subsistence to commercial production.
It is a strategy for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as Uganda`s lowest planning and development unit so that Ugandans may benefit more from decentralization. The seven pillars of the model are production, infrastructure and economic services, financial inclusion, social services, community information system, governance and administration and then mindset change.
To finance the model, the ministry will establish and capitalize the parish revolving fund, supervise parish-based SACCOS and capitalize constituency – based SACCOS under the Presidential initiative for Wealth Creation and Jobs (Emyooga).
Government has identified and prioritized eighteen commodities that have ready market both locally and internationally thus their production is to be promoted using the model and these are: coffee, cotton, cocoa, cassava, tea, vegetable oils / oil palm, maize, rice, sugar cane, fish, dairy, beef, bananas, beans, avocado, shea nut, cashew nuts and macadamia nuts.
The amount of money to be allocated to the revolving fund of the respective parishes shall be determined using the share of households in the subsistence economy by sub-county and affirmative action for special groups (women, youth and persons with disabilities).