By John Murungi Amoooti
Having successfully supported NGOs and Uganda Government Agencies to build democratic and Human Rights tenets in the country for the last 5 years, under the first phase of the Democratic Governance Facility (GGF 1)Project, the various European Nations under the Basket Fund have again come together to support the initiative under DGF 2, that will run from 2018-2021
The project launch of the new phase took place on 28th March 20018 at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, Kampala and was attended by tens of participants drawn from Development Partners ,Embassies, Civil Society, Political Parties and Uganda Government Agencies
For the Rwenzori Region KRC will implement a project aimed at achieving a civically competent citizenry with ability to demand for a more responsive and accountable state in the 43 sub counties of the 8 districts of the Rwenzori region within 36 months.
The 3 year project seeks to increase knowledge on civil and political rights directly to 100,243 citizens (PWDs, farmers, youths, women, teachers, political leaders, religious leaders, civic educators, change agents) directly and to over 500,000 citizens indirectly in the 43 sub-counties of eight districts of Rwenzori region by 2021
In an interview with the KRC Executive Director, Mr. Julius Mwanga, he revealed that the project will also increase government capacity to respond to citizens demands in the 43 sub counties of Rwenzori region by 2021
The Head of Governance, Advocacy and Policy (GAP) Unit at KRC, Mr. Muzinduki adds that the project builds on the DGF supported Civic and voter Education work in the region under DGF 1 and also informed by the deep routed challenges of unaccountable leadership and a weak citizenry to demand for their rights and entitlements, high un-employment especially among the youth and increasing poverty levels in the country.
The project addresses citizens’ and leaders’ knowledge gaps on civil and political rights (citizenship, human rights, democracy and multiparty system, good governance and service delivery, leadership and accountability, access to justice, land rights, gender concerns, conflict management) and equip change agents and civic educators with engagement skills and provide the spaces for citizens to demand for accountability in the Rwenzori region.