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CSOs-Gov’t meet over civic space in the country

Over the last two years or so, it has become common practice for CSO leaders in Uganda to interact with the Minister of Internal Affairs, who heads the ministry that provides oversight for NGO registration in the country. These dialogues were started as a way of addressing pertinent issues that affect the CSOs operating environment in the country. The most recent dialogue took place in Arua. Detailed notes from the meeting HERE...

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The Citizen's Report Card

Government is vested with the mandate of service provision for its citizens. The execution of this responsibility has colossal financial implications which are financed from among other sources, taxes. Ideally, tax revenue is converted into education, healthcare, energy, agricultural extension, piped water and other forms of public capital or amenities. More

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The Mobilization of Conservative Civil Society

As the domain of civil society burgeoned in the 1990s and early 2000s—a crucial component of the global spread of democracy in the developing and postcommunist worlds—many transnational and domestic actors involved in building and supporting this expanding civil society assumed that the sector was naturally animated by organizations mobilizing for progressive causes. More

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Ivan Muguya
Local Council leaders trained in law and governance

Since 2002, Uganda had not held elections for Local Council (LC) One and Two (parishes) leaders. For the last 17 years therefore, the country did not have constitutionally recognised LC leadership. Indeed, the country had, during that period, transitioned to multiparty politics meaning that the structures that existed in a Movement form of governance were unconstitutional. More

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Ivan Muguya
Agenda for National Dialogue set

Civil Society organisations in Uganda working under two umbrella bodies: The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and The Elders’ Forum of Uganda (TEFU) have announced dates for the National Dialogue. The launch of the national process aimed at ensuring citizenry participation in determining the country’s political, social and economic destiny is set for November 21, 2018 in Kampala. More

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Ivan Muguya
Reclaiming And Creating Civic Space

Oxfam just published a paper on the ‘shrinking civic space’ around the world. In the Paper “Space to be Heard: Mobilizing the power of people to reshape civic space” Oxfam notes that there is a relentless squeeze in dozens of countries on the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs) and activists. More

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Ivan Muguya
Museveni accuses CSOs of undermining his government

During his four-hour long State of the Nation address on September 9, President Museveni claimed that some foreign countries, which he did not name, were determined to influence Uganda's politics by channelling financial assistance to the opposition through civil society organizations (CSOs). More

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Ivan Muguya
CSOs propose amendments to the Sexual Offences Bill

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Uganda have proposed amendments to the Sexual Offences Bill. The Bill that was first tabled in parliament in 2016 seeks to con­sol­i­date all laws re­lat­ing to sex­ual offenses, com­bat sex­ual vi­o­lence; pro­vide for pun­ish­ment of sex­ual of­fend­ers; pro­vide for pro­ce­dural and ev­i­den­tial re­quire­ments dur­ing trial of sex­ual offenses and for other re­lated mat­ters. more

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Ivan Muguya