Welcome to the Uganda Road Fund (URF) website. This website is an important forum in which URF interfaces with stakeholders, designated agencies, the general public and other major role players in the road sector.
Consistent with trend in most developing countries over the last two decades, Uganda pursued reforms in road subsector with the aim principally of separating policy roles from actual delivery of road management functions. The driving principal has been commercialization of road management by bringing them into the market place, charging for their use on a fee-for-service basis and managing them like a business enterprise. This involved housing the three key road management roles of policy setting, financing and works implementation under separate but complementary and accountable public institutions.
The Uganda Road Fund (URF) as one product of such reforms was born in 2008 with the enactment of the Uganda Road Fund Act with a mandate to provide adequate and stable financing for maintenance of the 80,000Km public roads in Uganda, principally from road user charges (RUCs). The key designated agencies for maintenance of public roads in Uganda include Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for the 21,000Km national roads; districts for the 22,500Km district roads and municipalities for the 4,500km urban roads. There is a sub-agency arrangement between districts and sub-counties for upkeep of the 30,000km community access roads (CARs).
The Fund is supervised by a 7-member Board of Directors with private sector majority. The board oversees a lean 23-man secretariat that was operationalized in January 2010 to coincide with the start of the second half of financial year 2009/10.
The Fund aspires to principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its operations. It also seeks to operate in a business-like manner, while remaining responsive to customer needs. These principles will move public roads away from the normal budgetary allocation process into a market domain that embraces paying for use of roads under a ‘fee-for-service’ arrangement.
Over the last one full year of operation of the Fund, there is evidence that it has had impact on various aspects of road management, principality by instilling a sense of responsibility amongst institutions and of ownership amongst road users. There is an awakening in the industry that there is an institution that is mandated by law to “purchase” and measure road maintenance on behalf of road users to whom it is wholly accountable. Road users equally expect good roads not as a favor but a right based on the fee-for-service charges they pay for use of road space.
We shall endeavour to maintain this website for purposes of communication with all role players in the sector and for public information purposes.
Eng. Dr. Michael M. Odongo