This components seeks to effectively coordinate collective policy engagements by NGOs on policy issues of interest to NGOs, and relevant to Uganda’s development, as well as for long-perspective planning
This builds on UNNGOF’s core functions and experience of coordinating civil society to engage in collective policy advocacy and engagements in key policy processes.
In the past, UNNGOF has played a critical role in the development and monitoring of policies like the National Development Plan (NDP), the National Budget process, the African Peer Review Mechanism, Aid and Development Effectiveness and selected sectoral policies. In all this work, the Forum’s (UNNGOF’s) value lies in ‘bringing together’ NGOs to participate in multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral policy processes, to elicit the value of collective organizing and action, and inspire activism and solidarity over key policy processes.
In consolidating NGO participation in policy spaces, including the ‘invited policy spaces’ mentioned above, we continue to focus on creating platforms and spaces for reflection, critical review and appraisal of collective NGO positions on a range of social, economic, political and other issues of interest to NGOs and of consequence to the nation, so that NGO views, knowledge and perspectives are better harnessed to contribute to better governance and development.
This work follows a program logic that moves from policy mapping, policy analysis to policy monitoring. Policy platforms are the organizing frame. UNNGOF works with its members and constituencies to create policy platforms encompassing all levels, from the local to national. The platforms are coalitions that do not require formal membership; they are flexible coalitions and maximize inclusiveness. Their major role is to develop and promote positions and policy alternatives that reflect the widest diversity and best practices of CSO experience and perspectives.
Under this programme component, we focus on effectively coordinating NGOs engagement on multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral policy processes. Some of these involve; monitoring of the National Development Plan, National Level Budget Analysis. We also enhance CSO engagement in Aid and Development Effectiveness Agenda at global, regional and local levels. We ensure citizen awareness and participation in the East Africa Community Integration process and have their voices heard.
Furthermore, we work with our members and constituency through platforms, to develop and promote positions and policy alternatives that reflect the diversity and perspectives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), such as CSO Accountability Platform. The accountability platform has the objective to strengthen and coordinate accountability work undertaking among CSOs. We also have the CSO-Parliament Platform that coordinates relations between Civil Society and Parliament. The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) is another platform that advocates for local and national pro-poor budgets. The CSO Aid and Development Effectiveness Platform provides space for CSOs to meaningfully and collectively contribute to the Aid Effectiveness agenda at local, regional and global levels.
Ultimately, the work under Policy Advocacy and Engagement is geared towards the development of citizen responsive policies and practices for the well being of citizens and their rights.