E-Discussion

Education & Skill Development

Uganda is now in the 2018/2019 Budgeting Process. In your opinion, how can Universal Primary Education Programme be Improved? What should be Prioritized in this in the next UPE budget? (Deadline: January 31st, 2018)

In 1997 the Ugandan government introduced the UPE programme in order to imporve enrolment and attendance of learners in schools. According to the analysis of figures from UNEB and Education & Sports sector annual reports (ESSAPR, 2017), over 5 million children of school going age in Uganda have dropped out of school before P.7 in the last 20 years. In 15 years (8 primary school cycles) over 4.9 million pupils, about 42.6% of the 11.5 million who started, dropped out.

 

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What is the main reason for girls dropping out of schools?(Deadline:28th Febfruary 2018)

In 1997 the Government of Uganda launched the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program. The 1999 enrollment data collected by the headcount exercise and the school census of 2000 demonstrate that the program has been successful in increasing enrollment rates both for boys and girls. More than 6 million pupils were enrolled in primary education in 1999. However, available information suggests that there are high rates of dropout to the extent that only about 39% o [.........]

What can be done to curb down child marriage and early pregnancies especially in school on-going pupils?(Deadline 31st March 2018)

Toro Development Network (ToroDev), a non government organization based in Fort Portal initiated District local government-CSO’s forum meetings in Rwenzori region with an aim of coordinating CSO’s in the districts to plan and budget together with district local governments to improve service delivery. Since 2015 the forum meetings are held quarterly where CSO’s report on the achievements and challenges encountered during the implementation of the [.........]

How can Uganda achieve sustainable development goal number 4 which ensures inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning despite those challenges affecting education sector?(30th April)

According to Bridge International Academies, 2017 shows that they are many challenges that cause real damage to learning outcomes in Uganda such as gender inequality, child labour, early marriages, less motivated teachers, dropout and poverty are among the most persistent challenges affecting education standards in Uganda.

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What can our leaders in Uganda do to curb corporal punishments against children in schools? (Dead line May 31st 2018)

In the late 90s, the ministry of Education took a decision to ban corporal punishment in schools by issuing a policy document abolishing the practice. Later, the practice was banned in all schools and colleges in 2006. Perhaps suggesting the mindset within the education sector leadership, the 2006 decision was taken close to 10 years after June 10, 1997, circular communicating a temporary ban on the same.“Banning corporal punishment is timely as Uganda joins [.........]

What can be done to improve the quality of education for the people of Uganda especially those in hard to reach communities?(30th June 2018)

According to global partnership for education the government of Uganda considers education a basic human right. Participating in education is also viewed as part of the solution to reducing poverty. The government is dedicated to providing equitable access to quality and affordable education to all Ugandans but the education sector in Uganda is constrained by many challenges. These include; high levels of teachers and students absenteeism, weak school level manage [.........]

Health & Wellbeing

The Issue of Improving Access to Safe Water & Sanitation Service Delivery in Nakuru County, Kenya (Deadline: January 31st, 2018)

Now since the 2017 Electioneering Process is Complete in Kenya, the country and counties are going back to implementing service delivery. Among many functions, the water & sanitation department in Nakuru is mandated to provide the following services (Nakuru County, 2017);

  • Planning ,Survey and mapping, conservation, development  and management of water resources in Nakuru County
  • Operation and maintenance of all water resources
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Doctors on strike in Uganda - What is your opinion?

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has called for a nation-wide industrial action. Since the 6th of November, doctors are on strike under the slogan “Fix health or the stethoscopes are rested”. On the 9th of November UMA announced:

“We are Striking for Citizens
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As Doctors we regrete the Unfortunate Statement from MoH regarding this ongoing Strike. For example look at our 3 Issues being raised.
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What is the status of Access to Safe & Clean Water in your community/district? (Deadline: 31st January 2018)

Uganda’s Ministry of Water & Environment (2016) says as of June 2016, the average access to safe water in rural areas was estimated at 67% (which is 2% increase from 65% as of June 2015). Communities need however to be sensitized on hygienic practices in order to maintain a safe water chain from the source up to storage at the household level. The functionality for rural water supplies had however reduced to 86%, from the 88% which was reported in June 2 [.........]

What should be done to stop health workers’ absenteeism in your health facility?(Deadline:28th/February/2018)

Full-time availability of health workers at a health facility is essential, that is why they work in shifts for provision of quality health services.

Health facility in-charges are supposed to develop and display a list of health workers scheduled to be on duty and off-duty on the health facility notice board for the benefit of patients who come for treatment. This mandatory practice is however not followed in some health facil [.........]

What should the government of Uganda do to ensure that there is availability of safe and clean water in communities according to the SDG target by 2030?(Deadline:28th,February 2018)

According to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 6; Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and Sanitation for all, there is a target that  by 2030 there will be  substantially increase in water-use efficiency across all sectors and sustainable supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity. Only about 5% of households have piped water supplies on their pre [.........]

How can the challenges affecting health sector in Uganda be addressed

According to World Bank assessment report November 19, 2013 on Quality of Uganda’s Education and Health services, Uganda has made progress on maternal health but there remain gaps despite record investment over the past years. Uganda’s health care performance is still ranked as one of the worst however, there is a decline on Infant Mortality rate from 54 deaths per 1000 live birth in 2011 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016 according to Uganda Bu [.........]

How can Uganda address malnutrition challenge both in urban and rural communities?(Deadline 30th April)

According to 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey malnutrition still exists in both health and poor household in Uganda. This is an indication that more income at the household level does not always lead to better diet or health practice. The survey found out that more than two million children in Uganda are stunted. A figure unacceptable even though stunting decreased from 33% in 2011 to 29% in 2016.

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What can the government of Uganda through the ministry of health do to increasingly prevent and curb the threat of Malaria in the country?(Deadline 31st May 2018)

On 25/04/2018 Uganda joined the Global Malaria community in commemorating World Malaria Day 2018 at Mpigi Police Grounds in Mpigi District under the global theme “Ready to Beat Malaria” and local slogan, “My mosquito Net, my night time weapon.”. The theme highlights the collective energy and commitment of the Global Malaria Community involved in the fight against the deadly disease while the slogan was selected against the background that G [.........]

What should be done by the ministry of health in Uganda to improve health service delivery in promoting a healthy and a productive life for Ugandans?(Deadline June 30th)

The government policy on health is to ensure that all Ugandans have access to high quality and affordable health care so as to contribute to social and economic development. This is in line with the ministry of health mission of providing the highest level of health services to all people in Uganda through delivery of services at all levels. The ministry is yet to achieve it’s mission the fact that absenteeism of health workers, inadequate infrastructure, no [.........]

Economic Development

Role of Land in Supporting Economic Development: Views about the current Comission of Inquiry on Land Matters in Uganda (Deadline: January 31st, 2018)

President Museveni in February 2017 commissioned an inquiry into land matters in Uganda, led by Hon. Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, which started work in May 2017. The Commission of Inquiry, among other issues is to look into the effectiveness of the law and processes of land acquistion, administration, management and registration in Uganda.

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What should be done to restore the forest cover in Uganda?(Deadline;28th February 2018).

According to public engagements coordinated by ToroDev, citizens have raised concerns about the rate at which the environment is being degraded baring in mind practices like tree cutting, cultivation in wet lands, etc. they are normally cleared by rich people who want to do their personal developments including infrastructure development, charcoal, furniture & paper, etc without considering the future impact to the community members. Experts tell us that witho [.........]

What should be done to achieve Uganda’s vision before 2040? (Deadline 31st March 2018)

Uganda’s vision 2040 provides development paths and strategies to operationalize Uganda’s vision statement which is “ A Transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous county within 30 years” as approved by the cabinet in 2017.It aims at transforming Uganda from a predominantly peasant and low income country to a competitive upper middle income country. 

Questions.

What can the government of Uganda do to address poverty challenges at household levels?(Dead line 30th April)

The Uganda bureau of statistics 2016/2017, Uganda national household survey 2016/2017 report indicates that the poverty rates increased to 21.4% from 19.7% in 2012/2013 despite government efforts to reduce it.

What needs to be changed in the operations of OWC program for efficient and effective service delivery?(Deadline 31st May 2018)

The national Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) coordinator Gen Salim Saleh on 10th April 2018 in a meeting with local government chairpersons in the country signed a special memorandum of understanding to enhance commercial agriculture such that the role of each stakeholder can be defined as they seek to partner and foster operation wealth creation program in Uganda. The rationale behind the partnership was to explore areas of mutual interest for effectiv [.........]

Do you agree with Government on imposing taxes especially the newly proposed taxes on goods and services.(Mat 20th-June20th)

According to the Ministry of Finance, Government has proposed increase in taxes on fuel, cooking oil, local wines to boost revenue collection. The proposed taxes are additions to the existing taxes on Local Hotel Tax provided for by the Local Government Act Cap 243, the rental tax which URA said is provided for under section 5 of the Income Tax Act, introduction of Sh. 200,000 on motorcycles at first registration, 15% tax on money transfer or withdrawal services, [.........]

What should be done to overcome the challenges affecting operation wealth creation program to increase house hold income levels in communities?(Deadline June 30th)

The Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation General Salim Saleh called for a review of the program in order to make it more significant for the country. The program, which runs under the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS, is used for community mobilization, distribution of agricultural inputs, and facilitation of agricultural production chains across the country. It's implemented by the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces - UPDF, as one of the strateg [.........]

Other

Village (LC I) and Parish (LC II) Elections 2017 in Uganda

Free and fair elections are central to our democracy. It is every citizen’s responsibility to understand the electoral process and have a say. For over 10 years now, Uganda has not conducted elections for local council 1s and 2s. However, there is a program of having the exercise done on 21st of November and 7th of December 2017 (See full program here).

Q1: Have you registered to participate in the elections?

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According to you, which sector should be given priority in the 2018/19 national budget?(Deadline:28th February 2018)

The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) believes that Citizens of Uganda should be given the opportunity to participate in debating priorities for Uganda’s national budget. We want to hear what you think is most important to your own development in this financial year.

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Will the change of top security personnel address the issue of insecurity in Uganda? (Deadline 31st March 2018)

According to media reports some parts of Uganda have had cases of insecurity and some lives have been lost. The Daily monitor news paper of March 5th 2018 reports reshuffle of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Minister of Security in the country and new appointees made awaiting parliament’s approval.

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What measures can be put in place by NEMA to protect environmental conservation in Uganda(Deadline 30th April)

A joint water and environment sector review report released last year revealed that Uganda’s forest cover has dropped to 9% a sharp fall from 11% in 2015.The same report indicated that the country’s wet land cover has reduced to less than 10%.the disappearing of wetlands, forests, lakes and rivers are some of the natural features that influence natural rainfall formation and regulation of floods.

 

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What can the government of Uganda do to address poverty challenges at household levels?(Deadline 30th April)

According to International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), an NGO that is a leading source of news, data and analysis on internally displaced persons (IDP’s) worldwide, an average of 12000 Ugandans were displaced by floods and other natural disasters between the year 2006 to 2016.The united nations development program says since 2007 to date, 3.6 million Ugandans have been affected by natural disasters. Environment experts warns that floods will conti [.........]

What can be done to curb the increased wetland destruction in the country?(Deadline 31st May 2018)

According to the Global Water Partnership in East Africa, Uganda loss approximately 15% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the destruction of its natural resources such as wetlands. Wetlands destruction a lone costs Uganda nearly 2billions shillings annually and contamination of water resources which is partly caused by reduced buffering capacity of open water bodies costs Uganda nearly 38billion annually. This is coupled with other ecological impacts such [.........]

Have security agencies especially police played it’s role of protecting the lives and property of Ugandans in your community? What can be done by security agencies in the country to curb the increasing kidnap in Uganda?(Deadline June 30th)

Uganda has experienced rising cases of kidnap for ransom over the last couple of years. The highlight was this year’s kidnap and murder of Susan Magara even after her family paid hundreds of millions of shillings in ransom. While this voice is more pronounced in some cities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Uganda has generally been spared. However, this is changing fast. According to a report compiled by Police Flying Squad, cases of kidnap rose from 11 in 2016 to 24 in 2017. Th [.........]

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