In-depth

Alt text for imageThrough the Inclusive, Effective Governance programme, UNDP will support national peace platforms such as The Elders Forum of Uganda (TEFU) which was launched recently and comprises of eminent elders from across the country - to become institutionalised mechanisms for political dialogue and consensus building in the country (Photo credit: UNDPUganda2015).

The UNDP Inclusive, Effective Governance (IEG) portfolio focus will be on developing national capacities in three key areas including;

Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy (RLCD):  In this area, UNDP will focus on upstream support to targeted justice, law and order sector institutions in order to enhance service delivery and equitable access in line with human rights standards. At a lower level, support will provide increased access to legal aid and justice for poor and vulnerable groups, especially the elderly; HIV & AIDS infected and affected persons; youth; and female-headed households.

Institutional Effectiveness: In its new programme, UNDP will support a transformative approach to address the bottlenecks that hinder institutional effectiveness, transparency and accountability in Uganda's public sector.

The bottlenecks include: i) gaps in policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, and operational mechanisms to foster effectiveness in public sector management; ii) weak institutional capacities to implement policies for accountable institutional effectiveness and corruption control in an inclusive manner, and iii) weak public demand for transparency, accountability and efficacy in the management of public affairs. The programme aims to ultimately improve overall government’s effectiveness, particularly in critical areas such as human capital development (including service delivery effectiveness), which is a prerequisite to realising an inclusive and sustainable growth in Uganda.   

Peace, Security and System Resilience: In this area, UNDP will support innovative formal and informal community security and peacebuilding mechanisms to promote social cohesion. Working in partnership with other UN agencies, our work in this areas will focus on cross-border peace and resilience system-building initiatives to leverage peace dividends for communities particularly those in Northern Uganda.

This will include leveraging cross border initiatives such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s Horn of Africa initiative particularly in Karamoja. Key in this area will be to ensure that the voice and participation of women, youth and the elderly is strengthened.

In order to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, the IEG portfolio focuses on the following areas of intervention:

- Promoting electoral systems that ensure equitable engagement of citizens particularly the youth, women and other vulnerable groups.

- Support gender champions at national and local level to advocate for reforms and accountability mechanisms that improve women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention and peace building.

- Increase women’s presence in border community policing and reporting mechanisms for cross-border crimes.