Democratic Governance Facility, DGF - EC Funds
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.