Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy

Overview of the Programme

Government of Uganda and UNDP agree that rule of law and constitutionalism are key engines of development progress. Upholding Rule of Law and constitutionalism results is a key path of achieving sustainable development.  On the other hand, absence of rule of law and non-adherence to the constitution is associated with conflict and poverty.

Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy as key tenants of good governance, have been identified as strategic areas that will enable Uganda reach middle income status as planned in both the national Vision 2040 and the realisation of the global Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially goal 16 on peace, justice and accountable institutions.

Rule of law and constitutionalism also enhances overall institutional effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs, sustainability of economic growth, investment attraction as well as peace and security.

The UNDP programme on Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy (RCLD) is therefore aimed at developing national capacities with a key focus on five key issues namely;

  • Legal reforms,
  • Updating, harmonisation and coherence of laws,
  • Nurturing independence for institutions of democracy,
  • Capacity development of law enforcement systems,
  • Social engagement for effective and sustainable culture of constitutional democracy, protection of human rights and effective implementation of relevant laws, and;  
  • Ensuring actualisation of provisions for affirmative action for women, youth and marginalised groups. 

Gender mainstreaming aspects

The programme has specific interventions targeted at improving gender equality and empowerment of women as we work towards Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy. The interventions include support to select Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as non-state actors to develop systems and mechanisms that will facilitate affirmative actions for women e.g. in the electoral processes and in their political representative roles. 

Further, technical and financial support will be provided for research, monitoring of inclusion and participation and engagement of women in political, economic and social development.  Capacity development support will also be provided to entities such to promote and protect human rights including ensuring access to justice for women. In this programme will work with the Equal Opportunities Commission and select Civil Society Organisations and Associations to advocate for gender equity.  

Project objectives

The project’s main objectives are;

  • To ensure national capacities in Rule of Law are developed and utilised,
  • To enhance overall good governance with augmented separation of powers, independence of institutions of democracy and civic engagement,
  • To enable access to justice including the fulfilment of human rights,
  • To advance affirmative action for women and marginalised groups.

Project funding

The project is funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Uganda to a tune of USD $8,430,000.

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