Gender Budget Project for Northern Uganda Recovery, Reconstruction and Development

What is the project about?


Gender budgeting is key in helping identify and meet the needs of women in Northern Uganda (UNDP Uganda/2012)

The Government of Uganda has developed a second comprehensive Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP II) as part of efforts to consolidate peace, security and lay a foundation for recovery and development.

Although the PRDP II priority interventions are critical for women’s human rights, it is important to note that this plan, including its associated budget, gives low priority to gender and particularly the women’s concerns despite the widening gender inequalities that worsened during the 20-year-old conflict. Consequently, women are not equally benefiting from the resources that have been allocated for the implementation of the PRDP II.

Gender equitable budgeting presents an opportunity for aligning the PRDP II priorities to the actual needs of women and girls that have been most affected by the conflict and poverty. It also makes it possible to harmonise the PRDP II priorities with the commitments that Government of Uganda has made to gender commitments particularly for the women and girls.

The project’s interventions are targeted at the national level as well as four districts of Nebbi, Amuru, Lamwo and Apac.  The Implementing Partner is the Parliamentary Budget Office working in close collaboration with School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Development Alternatives, civil society  in Northern Uganda.

The project has a budget of USD 604,663.2

 

Project Objectives

The project’s objectives are to;

  1. Strengthen women’s capacity to demand for programmes and services that address their needs and concerns.
  2. Strengthen capacity of policy makers and implementers of the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP II) on gender responsive budgeting.
  3. The project has so far been able to enable the formation of a gender budgeting programme in Parliament. It has also trained Members of Parliament and the technical staff in Gender Budget analysis.
  4. At the local government level, the technical staff and district councillors in Lamwo, Nebbi, Apac and Amuru districts have also gained skills as a result of training on gender budget analysis.

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Project Overview
Status
Active
Start Date
2011
Estimated End Date:
2013
Geographic Coverage:
Uganda
Focus area
Democratic Governance
MDG:
MDG 3
Project Officer:
Sarah Nakku
Partners:
Government of Uganda, Makerere Univerisity, various CSOs