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strategic partnerships

PartnershipsAt ACODE, we do not assume to be islands in knowledge creation and policy advocacy. In doing our work, we endeavor to build synergies with like-minded organisations and government agencies. The increased visibility, relevance and political leverage that come with such partnerships has helped us to influence public policy better at all levels.

Existing partnerships

  • Budget Transparency and Accountability: Our partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Government of Uganda), together with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) is based on promoting budget transparency to facilitate citizens’ engagement in monitoring the implementation of public service delivery programmes and accountability. Building on our online budget database developed under the budget transparency initiative, the Ministry has also launched its database and a call centre to disseminate budget information to citizens. This partnership with the Ministry is one of the most promising with regard to influencing development policy in Uganda.

  • Land Policy Implementation Action Plan: the relevance of our research work on land policy governance gained currency which has seen ACODE partnering with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to jointly develop an implementation action plan for the National Land Policy.

  • Biodiversity Conservation in Uganda: as part of our efforts and work in natural resources governance initiatives, we partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature - Uganda Country Office to jointly plan and implement programmes in the areas of governance, protection, management and conservation of biodiversity in Uganda.

  • Support to Decentralisation and Local Democracy: Our governance assessment work in local governments is boosted by the strategic partnership with Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA) on the implementation of the Local Government Councils Score-card initiative being implemented in 30 districts across the country. This partnership has seen the initiative being selected by the International Republican Institute (IRI) as one of the best practices of democratic governance in Africa based on six principles of democratic governance: accessibility, accountability, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and inclusiveness, responsiveness and transparency in an Africa-wide assessment of best practices in democratic governance.

  • National Development Policy Forum: The National Planning Authority is mandated by law to among other things increase public understanding and participation in economic and social policy issues. It is against this background that ACODE engaged in a partnership with the NPA to facilitate quarterly public debate on national development issues that are critical to the successful realisation of the Uganda Vision 2040.

  • Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO): ACODE, as the host of the Coalition, ensures that there is effective coordination and participation of CSCO in the on -going policy and legislative processes on oil and gas, hence raising its profile and visibility. The coalition was invited to participate in other oil related policy processes and its ability to influence policy has been enhanced.