DGF I+ Democratic Governance Facility - EC Funds
The Democratic Governance Program (DGF) aims to improve accountable, responsive, rights-based governance in Uganda through effective citizen participation coupled with stronger institutions. This is achieved by promoting the rule of law, access to justice, accountability and transparency as well as peace and reconciliation.
Results to be achieved include
- a citizenry that is better informed and equipped to claim its rights and participate in democratic processes,
- enhanced human rights understanding by rights holders and duty bearers with improved functioning of selected human rights institutions,
- access to legal aid services and other relevant services, and
- support provided to vulnerable population groups.
The program mainly contributes to SDG 16 (peace & justice, strong institutions), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 1 (eradication of poverty).
Target groups are Ugandan citizens who lack access to information, effective service delivery and access to justice. These are primarily people residing in rural areas, and in particular vulnerable groups such as destitute men and women, children and prisoners. As per the Workplan and Budget for the extension phase, the DGF I+ aims to reach about 258,900 direct beneficiaries through measures such as trainings and legal aid and about 8.5 million Ugandan citizens through civic education and awareness raising activities including the use of media.
During its extension phase from July 2016 to December 2017 (DGF I+), the program provides funding to 76 implementing partner organizations and is active in 107 out of Ugandas 112 districts, effectively covering most of the country. 81% of the DGFs total financial commitments are allocated to Ugandan civil society organizations, 3% to international NGOs and 16% to state institutions. DGF is therefore a major funding facility for civil society addressing governance issues in Uganda.
The DGF addresses governance challenges through three separate but interlinked programme components:
(i) Deepening Democracy,
(ii) Rights, Justice and Peace, and
(iii) Voice and Accountability.
Cross-cutting policy concerns like gender equality are mainstreamed within the DGF, which also addresses thematic issues such as land rights, conflict prevention and the involvement of young women and men in governance processes.
Training measures on issues such as investigative reporting, human rights or advocacy for better service delivery by government target journalists, the youth, duty bearers (police and prison personnel) and local civil society organizations who in turn work with grassroots communities. Awareness raising activities on civic education and human rights aim to reach the broader public, e.g. trough community barrazas (meetings) in rural communities or radio programs. Service provision such as legal aid or measures on transitional justice target the most vulnerable groups.
The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) is a basket fund supported by eight Development Partners (Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, EU)) and managed by a Programme Management Unit that has been addressing specific governance deficits in Uganda from July 2011 to June 2016. The programme was extended for 18 months until December 2017 (Extension Phase, DGF I+). The EU delegated the management of its un-earmarked funding contribution for DGFI+ for 2017 to the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). This funding will complement ADCs bilateral contribution to component 2 on 'Rights, Justice and Peace' of the DGF. ADA will ensure the political, technical and financial oversight of the management of the EU funds, participate in monitoring visits and in Steering Committee and Board Meetings and implement visibility measures such as the production of videos highlighting the examples of the work of DGF partner organizations.