Promoting civic engagement and social accountability in post conflict and recovery communities in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda (NU) has suffered immensely from the ravages of a war, which left nearly 2 million people displaced, and remains the poorest region in the country. Peace talks between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), although a final agreement remains unsigned, resulted to a 90% return of communities to their original homes. As a consequence, the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for NU (PRDP) 2009 – 2012 had been launched by the Government of Uganda. With support from the Austrian Development Cooperation UWONET monitored its implementation through different stakeholders in 2010 and 2011.
The current project aims at empowering citizens to participate in processes of managing public resources, e.g. from the PRDP and its successor PRDP II 2012 – 2015, and has a special focus on women and youth to demand for improved service delivery by the Local Governments in their communities through establishing a strong civil society and providing a wider information base.
It will be implemented in 4 Northern districts Kitgum, Lamwo, Pader, and Agago and benefit both individuals and groups which include Local communities, Civil Society and Local Government Officials.
Specific objectives towards the accomplishment of the goal and sub-goal of the project are:
• Facilitate establishment of vibrant civil society to influence community demand for improved service delivery
• Build the capacities and understanding of Local Government Councillors and officials on social accountability to foster transparency.
The expected results are:
1. Increased public awareness and knowledge on Government programmes, policies and financing
2. Increased interface for CSOs, Communities and Duty Bearers on Government Programmes for improved gender sensitive service delivery
3. Participatory and Consultative planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring process at the Local Government level
4. Public institutions effectively responding to the needs of the community