The Citizen civic empowerment and environment governance project in Teso which focuses on equipping local musicians as agents of civic empowerment and climate change advocacy. 25 local artists based in 20 sub counties in Teso have been trained and are active and a governance music album was launched and its music popularized and educating toll by media.. Citizen parliaments have been piloted in three sub counties with amazing results.
The citizen Election Watch with Information technology project: This is being implemented with close collaboration with other consortium members who include RWECO in Rwenzori sub region, CEFORD in West Nile and ACORD in Acholi region. The thrust of this project is to equip citizen for 2011 elections and beyond. Oxfam Novib and HIVOS are our international partners in this project. The key actions of the project are: popularization of the citizen manifesto, monitoring of electoral process in Teso, joint candidates meetings and establishments of a regional IT communications centre for election monitoring.
The citizen manifesto project. PAC was a member of the national technical group and a lead agency for this national project in Teso sub region. It was jointly implemented with Uganda National NGO Forum, a focal point organization for Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP), the sponsor of the project. The Citizen Manifest has been launch with far reaching impact on the politics of the country and a roll out plan for the citizen manifesto has been developed and ready for execution.
Justice Project : the project is designed to help the most vulnerable obtain justice. When governance fails and institutions of state are weak and unable to dispense justice or are too expensive, the poor are the most affected. The most hit are the widows and orphans. The project is implemented through a collaborative arrangement with Teso Legal Aid Project (TLAP) and lately HURINET is coming in to support with strategic litigation on behalf of the affected widows.
The Karamoja Governance Project: this project is slated to kick off in January for 3 years with support from Irish Aid. It was developed and being executed through a consortium framework championed by Oxfam GB and Trocaire with PAC as a partner. The focus of this project is geared toward strengthening civil society, civic empowerment of ordinary men and women and strengthening local governance structures in the areas of planning, social and political accountability and democracy in Karamoja.
Deepening democracy project: the thrust of this project was to deepen multiparty democracy at the local government level. It involved training of district councilors, selected civil society leaders and media actor in Soroti district on key tenets of multi party democracy. Assessment of the multiparty democracy status in the pilot district was conducted, report disseminated and a District Democracy Promotion Platform has been established as a framework for democracy promotion in the district. This project is being implemented with support from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF).
Political Accountability in LG Project: the project focuses on monitoring and measuring the performance of district local government’s councils in Teso and Karamoja sub regions. This project is being implemented through a collaborative arrangement championed by Advocacy coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) with PAC as a partners and a lead agency in the two sub regions mentioned above. The first ever national Scorecard for local governments in the country has been launched and district specific LG scorecards for the pilot districts of Amuria and Moroto districts will be launched on 24 and 25 November 2010 respectively. Plans to expand to new districts in the sub regions are underway.
Budget Tracking and analysis: the project is designed to track budgetary inflows and process in local governments with a view to enhancing budget performance and local government level, demystifying the budgetary process and budgets and to assess budget and policy impact on livelihoods of the ordinary people. The project also focuses on establishing policy and legal inhibitions affecting budget performance of LGs and designing policy advocacy agendas for engagement with local authorities and central government bureaucrats and policy makers. The Key partner in this project is Africa Women Economic Network (AWEPON). Budget tracking and analysis initiatives has been piloted in Soroti district and a district Economic Forum has been established as a framework for policy engagement, shared learning, and reflection on the overall health and status of the economy of the district, and action planning.
Technical support services project: PAC provides technical support services to target clients. To accomplish this, a resource pool of professionals and practitioners in various fields has been assembled. The range of services provided include organizational development (OD) process, project impact assessments, governance and leadership enhancement, organizational capacity assessments (OCA), process facilitation and mentoring, corporate strategy development etc. Key beneficiaries of our services are TERREWODE, TAC, PAG