Mbabazi Meets UK Envoy over Multi-billion Civil Society Fund


prescription geneva; font-size: small;”>Chimpreports understands that a meeting was held Monday between Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and British High Commissioner, viagra 40mg Alison Blackburne who is the current Chair of Democratic Governance Facility, ed to discuss how money is being utilised by the civil groups.

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This followed government concerns that DFG was being used to fund opposition activities ahead of the 2016 elections.

Insiders tell this website that officials expressed its dissatisfaction with western donors that the funds were being used some groups especially NGOs in collusion with the opposition to undermine the sitting government.

In a bid to iron out these differences, Blackburne visited Mbabazi at his office in Kampala where she called upon Government to expedite the appointment of its representative to the governing board of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

The Democratic Governance Facility was established by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and the European Union to “support the strengthening of democratisation, protection of human rights and improvement of access to human rights and accountability in Uganda.”

According to a statement from the Office of Prime Minister, Blackburne, “on behalf of the development partners, asked Government to play a key role in the management of DGF as the country prepares the 2016 general elections, adding that the development partners are keen on a transparent engagement with the Government.”

Mbabazi, who was flanked by the Minister for General Duties in his Office, Hon. Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, said Government has “set up a committee to discuss the best form of Government’s representation on the DGF governing board and make recommendations to the President for decision making.”

Mbabazi expressed gratitude to DGF for supporting the Inter-Party Organisation Dialogue (IPOD) platform through which trust is being built and leadership nurtured to consolidate democracy in the country.

The meeting also discussed ways of “monitoring the activities of non-governmental organisations operating in the country and also strengthening the capacity of government organs charged with investigating corruption issues in Government.”

The Head of DFID, Daniel Graymore urged Government to consider rolling out the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) country wide; urging that evaluation of the pilot phase shows strong economic impact and improvement in nutrition and social dignity.


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