Gender Capital for Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) Implementation in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda has been torn by war and insecurity for over 20 years caused by the conflict between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda. While peace has prevailed for the last three years, the region remains the poorest in the country. As a consequence, the Government of Uganda has launched the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) as a commitment to stabilize and recover the North through a set of coherent programmes. One main challenge in PRDP implementation though is the fact that there is limited awareness of the gender needs and gaps.
The overall objective of this project is to meet gender needs of women in Northern Uganda by increasing women's visibility and efficiency in the implementation and monitoring of the PRDP. The project specifically targets to improve the leadership and oversight capabilities of women in Pader and Kitgum Districts to ensure that local governments are gender sensitive in their planning and implementation of PRDP projects.
This shall be achieved by building the technical capacities of women councillors, women groups and women civil servants in the areas of participatory planning and budgeting, rights based approach, budget cycle, gender budgeting, social accountability, monitoring and evaluation tools, lobbying and advocacy, leadership skills and networking.
Direct beneficiaries of the project shall be approximately 2,194 participants drawn from the national level, upper and lower local government administrative units and women groups in Pader and Kitgum districts. Moreover, through the use of radio programmes, the total number of beneficiaries being reached by the project is expected to be over 3 million people in Uganda as a whole.
The project is a direct contribution to UN-Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 (resolutions on women and peace and security). Furthermore, the project will contribute to the achievement of MDG3 on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.