On 2nd May, 2014, Uganda Debt Network (UDN) signed a contract with the Inspectorate of Government (IG) to implement the Social Accountability and Community Monitoring (SACM) activity of Transparency Accountability and Anti-Corruption component of NUSAF II. The Inspectorate of Government with support from the World Bank initiated the Social Accountability and Community Monitoring (SACM) Activity under the Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (TAAC) Component of the Second Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF II)in 2012. The SACM is a pilot activity in Uganda with the overall objective to, “build the capacity of communities to monitor government funded projects in order to enhance transparency and accountability.” The IG will work with Uganda Debt Network, as the lead of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) consortium, who were procured through a competitive bidding process.
UDN's Executive Director, Mr. Patrick Tumwebaze signs the SACM implementation contract on behalf of UDN (left) and Director of Programmes, Julius Kapwepwe Mishambi looks on as Secretary to the Inspectorate of Government, Mr. Bageya Waiswa hands over the contract to UDN (right), 2nd May 2014.
Training of Trainers
The UDN-led consortium trained Community Monitors and the Regional Managers from identified Community Monitoring Groups (CMGs) on their (i) roles and responsibilities, (ii) community monitoring, (iii) anti-corruption reporting mechanisms, and (iv) documentation of their activities. The training, which was conducted from 4th–15th May 2014 in Gulu town, was facilitated by the IG, World Bank, UDN and the Office of the Prime Minister. Two consulting firms i.e. Mango Tree and Grameen Foundation also offered additional training support.
The cosortium will also provide ongoing support to each CMG for a period of 6 months. The CMGs will be enrolled into the programme in two major phases, with the first phase (Phase 1) being enrolled in the first month of programme implementation, and the second phase (Phase 2) beginning approximately six months later. Each phase of participants will be of relatively equal in size.
The project is to be officially launched on Thursday, 15th May 2014 at Acholi Inn, Gulu by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, and the Inspector General of Government (IGG) and the World Bank representative in Uganda are expected to grace the event. Other participants include other IG officials, Development Partners and the respective staff of the consortium.