Governance & Civic Engagement

Program Overview

UNNGOF deliberately works with a solution focused approach that is informed by an analysis of the future that citizens want. UNNGOF aims to create solutions in two intervention areas, a) Civil Society Strengthening and b) Influencing Development Policy and practice. Two support functions of Results, Learning and Communication and Finance and Corporate Services complement these key intervention areas.

The Policy, Governance & Civic Engagement component seeks to build on the core functions and experience of coordinating civil society to engage in collective policy advocacy and engagements in key policy processes, emphasising the value in ‘bringing together’ NGOs to participate in multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral policy processes. The objective is to 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. Ultimately, the work under Policy Advocacy and Engagement is geared toward the development of citizen-responsive policies and practices for the well-being of citizens and their rights.

Core Objective:

To strengthen NGO sector coordination and capacity to deliver on their mandate and to harness the power of local philanthropy and domestic resource mobilisation in fulfilling the development aspirations and interests of citizens and their organisations.

The Brief

The context within which NGOs operate today is quite dynamic and calls for agile and more adaptive institutions that can respond to the diverse needs of the constituencies they serve. This demand is however met with several institutional, programmatic, leadership and governance deficits. These deficits dissuade the health, legitimacy and relevance of the NGO sector.

Our new strategic outlook, therefore, aspires to build a healthy, legitimate, competent and sustainable NGO sector with the requisite skills and capacity to influence development and governance processes and safeguard citizens’ rights.

Our work will build on previous milestones and lessons to generate new knowledge and models of work and inspire innovation and shared learning.