EU-Beitrag zur Democratic Governance Facility, DGF - EC Funds

Contract partner: Royal Danish Embassy - Uganda Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 3.225.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2015 End: 31.12.2015

Short Description:

Overall goal

The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) - a basket fund supported by 8 Development Partners and managed by a Programme Management Unit - seeks since July 2011 to address specific governance deficits in Uganda. Equitable growth, poverty reduction, rule of law and long-term stability are the objectives of the DGF. The purpose is to strengthen democratization, protect human rights, enhance access to justice, peaceful co-existence and improve accountability 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.

As of February 2015, the DGF works with 86 partner organizations implementing projects. 74% of the DGF’s total financial commitments have been directed to Ugandan civil society organizations, 8% to international NGOs and 12% to state institutions.

Results of the past year of implementation are for example 770 human rights abuses that were conclusively investigated as a result of Uganda Human Rights Commission’s advocacy and 1479 cases that were referred to and investigated by DGF supported anti-corruption networks, of which 151 were resolved following prosecution at the Anti-corruption court.

The EU delegated the management of their un-earmarked funding for DGF (3.225 Mio EUR) for 2015 to the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). This funding will complement ADC’s funding 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 video features.

project number 6536-00/2014
source of funding EU
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied 0
modality Basket funds/pooled funding
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.