An unequal and divided society towards democracy
In the beginning the interface meetings between the local authorities and the citizens in Koboko district were met with suspicion by particularly the politicians and the public servants. They were unsure of the motives of KOCISONET who together with ActionAid Denmark is behind the meetings. But gradually, as local schools were improved and wells drilled, the atmosphere of the meetings became positively constructive.
"All we want is to improve the standards of service delivery of the district", says Grace Akandru from KOCISONET, a network of local organizations in Koboko district.
To promote the democratization of the state and a more equal socio-economic distribution of resources, the Ugandan Government began a process of decentralization in the early 1990s. Management of public affairs has to a wide extend been transferred to local authorities and enhanced citizen involvement in local decision making, but extensive gaps in the public service delivery remain an unresolved challenge.
Primary school tuition has been free in government schools in Uganda since 1997, and as a result enrolment increased from 2.2 million pupils in 1986 to 5.2 in 1997. Today more than 6.6 million pupils attend Primary Schools but there are still too few schools and too few teachers to provide quality education particularly in the rural areas were 120-160 pupils per teacher is not uncommon. Public healthcare is also free in Uganda, but lack of health clinics, health workers and a system where up to 75% of the free medicine are sold illegally makes it an unreliable service especially for poor people who cannot afford to pay for private healthcare.
How we work
MS ActionAid Denmark supports civil society to build local democracy and engage in planning, budgeting and implementation processes at local level. We collaborate with 25 national and local partner organizations and networks and support:
- Civil society networks and partner organizations which represents the interest of ordinary citizens
- Interface meetings during which local politicians, public servants and citizens discuss and account for service delivery on sub-county and district level
- Accountability and dialogue meetings for staff and users of health clinics and schools to improve standards.
- Civic education about democracy, human rights and participation. We use the radio, forum theatre and local meetings as communication channels
- Citizens who volunteer to be civic educators and monitors - particularly woman and young people
Anti corruption. We engage in civil society efforts to up root Uganda’s rampant corruption, and support civic education and anti corruption campaigns including Uganda’s annual anti corruption week. Via regional anti corruption networks we monitor the level of accountability particular in the health and education sectors.
Trade justice. On a national level we support civil society’s policy work for trade justice and increased economic benefit for small scale farmers.
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19 May 2010 MS ActionAid Denmark's "inspirator pilot programme" holds great potentials and is a sharing of ideas and experience that can provide highly needed capacity building of partner organisations across borders and add value to our development programmes, says the ActionAid country directors from Uganda and Zimbabwe.
01 January 2010 From 1st January 2010 the MS Uganda country program will be managed and administered by ActionAid Uganda in close consultation and cooperation with MS ActionAid Denmark and ActionAid International.
15 May 2009 A unique initiative known as the “Democracy Caravan” is now in Masindi, trying to resuscitate the idea of public trust by using community theatre to increase citizens’ participation in public life.
04 May 2009 Interface meetings between the district leaders and the taxpayers, is an opportunity to demand for information and accountability
10 March 2009 Critics argue that imposing policies, sequences of reform, and spending priorities has done more harm than good ...
10 March 2009 ... the donor support has become much more effiecient, and with time, the end result will serve the MDGs.
10 March 2009 We become part of a large, international network, which empowers poor to participate in the development of their own countries.
10 March 2009 ... despite the Danish support, the agricultural associations have not led to success.
12 February 2009 Rosa Ølgaard tells about her work as a global volunteer, teaching kids in Uganda.
12 February 2009 Marina Buch Kristensen tells about her work as an advisor in a NGO fighting corruption in Uganda, and Jasper Tumuhimbise from the NGO comments on her efforts.
ActionAid International Uganda
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Box 676 Kampala, Uganda
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