As part of its efforts to increase appreciation for good governance and accountability in Uganda, ACFODE in partnership with USAID-Uganda conducted a capacity enhancement workshop on Local Governance Engagement. The workshop took place from the 19th-20th February, 2015 in Oyam District. The workshop was part of the activities under the project entitled: Empowering Local Citizens for Transformative Engagement in Local Governance. This Project is under the USAID Governance, Accountability, Participation, and Performance Programme (GAPP).
The workshop aimed at equipping civil society actors and member of the private sector with knowledge and skills on: Citizen rights, entitlements and responsibilities, Public Expenditure tracking tools particularly the ‘Track Your Money’ tools, Gender, lobbying and advocacy.
Figure 1: Okeng Brian a Civil Society Actor from Ngai s/c contributes to the discussion
While speaking at the workshop, Mr. Chris Otim, the District Community Development Officer Oyam District appreciated ACFODE for its continued work in Oyam District; “This particular program is very timely, and the fact that it involves the citizens is also very pertinent, most of our people have no idea how the local government system works and what role they can play…”
Akullo Eunice, a participants from Aleka sub county noted that the workshop had opened her eyes to the ways she can get involved in service delivery especially education; “…we are always complaining about the schools, how our children perform poorly and the absent teachers, now we’ve learned there is something we can do about it”
Going forward, the civil society and private sector actors will pass on the skills and knowledge gained to local citizens through grass root civic education sessions.
Figure 2: Group Photo of the participants of the workshop
Human rights and Governance Department