Public Service Reform Uganda Basket Fund
Uganda has made substantial achievements in public service reform since the mid-1990s. This includes raising salaries in real terms for all cadres since 1992. However, there seems to be a consensus among key stakeholders that, in recent years, the reform program has lost its strategic thrust and momentum. One particularly significant aspect has been the limited and slow progress in putting in place an appropriate incentive framework through pay reform. Since 1996, there has been no significant movement towards achieving the policy objectives established in the early 1990s to: (i) raise salary levels to living wage levels; (ii) ensure equity in the compensation structure and practice; and (iii) link compensation levels to performance. There is concern that the number of civil servants is creeping back up again and that raising salaries to living wage levels might not be sufficient to attract, motivate and retain the technical and professional skills required for a well performing civil service.
Support to public sector reform aims to make contribution to an efficient, effective and affordable public service in three key areas:
-Pay reform: to develop an implementation plan with specific targets and in line with the pay reform strategy
-Proceeding with the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Management System (IPPS)
-Control measures for the size of public administration, which should start by compiling a draft policy paper.
The support is funded through a common basket fund with initial funding from Austria, United Kingdom and Denmark.