SDS Programme: Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability

USAID from the American People

Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (SDS) is a 5-year USAID-funded programme that supports local governments in Uganda to improve social service delivery. With emphasis on health, education, and services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), the program collaborates with the Ministry of Local Government and other USAID-supported partners to strengthen processes and structures of decentralized governments in 35 districts to offer quality services. The SDS Programme is implimented by Cardno Emerging Markets as the prime contractor, with support from - Urban Institute (UI)Development InfoStructure (DEVIS)  Infectious Disease Institute (IDI)and Tangaza. 



  • Strengthen coordination of activities at the district and sub-county level.
  • Improve district management of resources and programs.
  • Provide financial support through grants to local governments for better service delivery.
  • Institute innovative approaches to sustain social sector service delivery.


Areas of Focus

Leadership, Planning, budgeting, human resources management, monitoring and evaluation, management information systems, and financial management and procurement.

SDS News

  • SDS Knowledge Resource Centre
    Over the first four years of SDS, the Programme has made substantial investment in the development of technical resources for use in strengthening the core aspects of local government performance. These technical resources have been used in the delivery of technical assistance, informing local government reforms and refining the skills of local government officials. Click the link above to access them.
  • Symposium on Innovations in Local Government Social Service Delivery
    SDS coordinated a symposium for USAID—in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government—on February 5–6, at the Protea Hotel in Kampala. The symposium’s theme was Thinking Differently: Innovations in Local Government Social Service Delivery.
  • Village health teams access free phone service to improve emergency responsiveness for expectant mothers
    Perez Kiiza fidgets with his phone as he tries to get through to a health center for help. He finally reaches a midwife and explains his ordeal—he is with two pregnant women who need urgent medical care.
  • Keeping Health Centers Clean
    Most health centers in Uganda lack incinerators and storage facilities for medical waste, exposing healthcare workers and the community to infections, toxins, and potential injury.
  • A Bright Future for the Deaf and Mute
    Children born deaf and mute are frequently ostracized because their parents view them as a burden and choose not to invest in their education.

SDS Newsletter

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