GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
According to a report by Transparency International Corruption Perception Index released in January 2018, Uganda ranked 151 out of 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index 2016. This means, Uganda ranked number 25 as the most corrupt country in the world, only beaten by Somalia, South Sudan and a few others. The biggest remedy to corruption is intolerance, and fighting it back with stringent laws. Uganda has often been praised for having the best laws and policies in the world, but never delivers when it comes to implementation.
The same is the case with corruption in Uganda remains largely rooted in the judiciary, police and public offices. It has become a norm that justice can only be administered through corruption and the moment a traffic policeman stops you, your mind runs to how much you have in your pocket and how much you should prepare for him.
Corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy and prosperity. Without any of these, development can only be read about in news and books. Uganda and most of the African countries continue to extinguish in corruption because they have failed to realize the damage it does to impede prosperity.
It’s against this background that AYADO is raising public awareness on this negative vice of corruption to development and fight against with strongest terms possible. Taking the momentum of the ongoing decentralization process and the increased incompetency in the Inspector General of Governance Office (IGG), there is urgent need to forge transparent local structures from the citizens management and raise the awareness of local officials and administration that corruption is a limiting factor to development of the municipalities and hinders the social, economic and political development processes at local level. With corruption, it could seriously impede the democratic processes and slow down economic growth, and lead to non-transparent, non-efficient and no trusted local government.
The main activities that AYADO is conducting are based on accountability and transparency as indispensable pillars of local democratic governance that the local authorities, private sector and civil society to focus on results, seek clear objectives, develop effective strategies and monitor and report on performance while constantly preventing, combating and sanctioning corruption practices.
AYADO seeks to; -
- Reinforce the importance of corruption control under circumstances of expanded local competences and taking the opportunity for the transparency to become even more important with the advancement of the ongoing decentralization reform, which represents both a risk and opportunity for ensuring good governance for effective development;
- Build an inclusive society, which promote participatory approach to development in the community
The purpose is to develop a standard on zero tolerance to corruption in the public and private sector. More specifically, its aim is to develop a universal standard for SMEs and communities to be voluntarily responsible in monitoring activities being implemented by local authorities in legislation to Ugandan laws in order to reach progressively a zero-tolerance objective among stakeholders. This will provide a unique contribution in the area of proper referral mechanism on corruption related cases and add value to services rendered to communities.
It will also develop close cooperation with, other stakeholders such as police in dealing with anti-corruption programmes and ensure SMEs full involvement. AYADO’s Objectives are;
- To Build capacities of local leaders and communities to report corruption cases enhanced
- Increase involvement of communities and SMEs in planning and development processes
- Strengthen communities’ Knowledge and demand-side accountability processes
- Increase knowledge and information about civic rights and responsibilities among program participants
Stakeholders (CDO, Police, LCs, Amuria District officials, councilors and AYADO staff after the inception meeting on good governance in Abarielela Sub County: Photo by Catherine taken on 6th June 2019