ACTADE works through an outreach structure from grassroots to the National level. In the districts of Kibaale, Kagadi and Hoima districts. ACTADE appreciate the enormous work required to support the people, especially in rural, hard-to reach areas, to transit out of poverty. Policies must be supported with adequate budgets and political will, to work.
There are many isolated efforts which are aimed at the same goal to secure good quality lives for all.
It is thus important to build synergies towards common goals. The consolidated voices draw policy makers and other development partners to listen more and act more.
People outside the corridors of power are not always consulted during policy formulation and implementation. Often categorised as the ordinary people, they are the majority in Uganda, and the policies impact their lives and livelihoods directly. They appreciate it, whenever they are consulted or informed. When ordinary people are organised and empowered, they can demand for their rights.
SOME OF ACHIEVEMENTS REGISTERED SO FAR
Enhancing Citizens Participation in budget accountability work
Citizen Involvement in the budget process is critical to ensuring that services that are due to them are provided in the right quantities, quality and time. Through the ACTADE Monitors model citizens are empowered to demand for improved service delivery from the duty bearers. In 2015 alone, a total of 42 accountability and service delivery issues were addressed by duty bearers because of the citizens’ vigilance. 57 % of these were in the Health Sector, followed by 43% in Education, water sector and Roads in Bunyoro Region alone.
Linking Local budget advocacy to National budget processes
ACTADE works to increase synergies between CSOs at national and local level for a stronger collective voice on pro-poor resource allocation and utilization. This has been effective in our regional budget consultative meetings, the engagements with working group on Trade and Development, These linkages and partnerships are vital to the Government budget performance monitoring work that ACTADE does at the Local Government level which started in the Financial Year 2014/15 and is to continue through to other financial years. In 2017 alone, ACTADE worked with over 20 CSOs on various budget advocacy processes.
Capacity strengthening in budget analysis and advocacy
To ensure sustainable budget advocacy, ACTADE builds the capacity of its staff and stakeholder members to effectively analyse and participate in the budget making process in Uganda. Between 2014 and 2015, a total of 40 Monitors, over 140 Local Council Leaders and CSO representatives have been trained in gender budgeting, budget tracking, the Local Government budget cycle, budget analysis, rights-based approach to public service delivery and other budget concepts