Uganda’s UN Presidency and the Post 2015 Agenda – Global and Local Priorities for Kuteesa

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:27

Uganda is set to head the United Nations General Assembly – and our Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa, will be the President of 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. While this is a prestigious position that has not come easily for Kuteesa, if the online petition is anything to go by, it also comes with significant responsibility to Uganda.

Governance Poll attracts mixed messages from political protagonists

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:12

Hardly a month after the Grand Citizens’ debate, Ugandans were treated to yet another menu of issues for public debate. The Governance opinion poll commissioned by the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform, Monitor Publications Limited, and conducted by Research World International presents some conflicting findings. While for instance Education and Health are listed as the major achievements of the NRM, the same issues are listed as those whose improvement would inform the choice of candidate for the 2016 elections.

Reflections on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability Partners Forum Held at the World Bank in Washington D.C – 14th – 15th May 2014

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:43

The Global Forum kicked off very well with full house attendance.  The 22 grantees of the 2014 cycle of funding had just finished 2 days of intensive training and orientation with the GPSA secretariat. Everyone was upbeat, no less the bubbly Roby Senderowitsch, Program Manager of the GPSA.  With the temperatures at 29 Celsius for the first day it was indeed an indication of good things to come in the two days. 

Kenya CSOs Call for an Inclusive and Participatory Post 2015 Development Process

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:53

Kenya CSO Past 2015 meetingIn a bid to engender inclusiveness and transparency in the formulation of the Post 2015 development agenda, Kenya Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) held a National CSO consultation from the 15th - 16th May 2015, at Silver Springs, Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

NGOs should not be threatened – Gen. Aronda assures NGO Leaders

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 07:41

Contrary to media reports about the operating environment, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, Minister for Internal Affairs, promised to establish a probation committee into the threats made against Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

The Minister assured NGO Leaders at the meeting held at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi that they will work with Police and set-up an inquiry to follow up cases of NGO break-ins. He added that he will also collaborate with District Committees to find out who is breaking into the NGO offices.

Children’s Learning Stagnant in East Africa

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:00

After 4 years of informative studies around children’s learning in basic literacy and numeracy skills, learner achievements have not changed in East Africa since 2009/10. Uwezo East Africa launched the 3rd “Literacy and Numeracy Across East Africa 2013” Report at Makerere University.

In addition to the above revelation, the report presented statistical illustrations indicating six more facts that relate to literacy and numeracy in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Citizens for Transitional Leadership

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 09:14

With only 2 years to the 2106 elections, Ugandans are keen on what the future holds in terms of governance and leadership transition. In view of this, over 1,000 citizens across the country participated in a Grand Debate on the theme “The State of Uganda: Are we Ready for Leadership Transition?”

Time to Wake Up!

Authored by Sarah Pacutho | On: Fri, 04/25/2014 - 15:51

Inclusive Development and Effective Development Cooperation

Presented at the closing of the Mexico Civil Society Forum in preparation for the
First High Level Forum of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
Secretaría de Relaciones (Ministry of Foreign Affairs ), Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City

14th April 2014