Rights and Accountability

To strengthen accountability and community responsiveness to inequality, exploitation, social-economic and health rights violation of the most vulnerable.

Contextual Analysis

Since 2004 service delivery failures and poor development outcomes have been increasingly seen as consequences of weak governance and accountability failures resulting into increasing demand for interaction between citizens and service providers to improve accountability.

There is increasing weak governance and accountability failures and often too much pressure to meet short term social and health sector output targets (especially where human development indicators are very poor) which lead to poor service delivery.

Supply side interventions to improve accessibility and quality of services are very common. However, increasing inputs into a system where there is insufficient accountability for their use may provide more opportunity for misuse of resources and further weaken the service delivery system

 

Serious challenges such as vulnerability, orphan-hood, violence, early marriage and teenage pregnancy and harmful traditional practices affect the majority of Uganda’s children on a daily basis. If children are not safe, their health, development, learning and participation suffers. In Uganda’s communities, poverty is a leading cause of child vulnerability manifested in violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and child marriages.

The high rates in adolescent and teenage pregnancies is linked to the low levels of progression to secondary education and negative cultural practices such as early marriage. Women and young girls are more susceptible to HIV due to gender inequality, discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence which originates from institutionalized male dominance in society.

MUCOBADI will apply a human rights based approach to its work, involving respect for four core principles; Participation, Equality, Empowerment and Accountability. We believe that the lives of women, girls and children change sustainably through community led approaches that ensure that they are represented and manage their own agenda.

MUCOBADI will implement interventions that address the underlying causes of inequality and rights abuse and develop and implement evidence-based approaches that demonstrate positive change.

MUCOBADI will partner with International and National partners, lower Local Governments, Community Based Organisations, community structures and families to support interventions to prevent and respond to inequality, exploitation, social-economic and health rights abuse.

Demand side social accountability approaches will be employed to influence short term outputs while empowering citizens to engage in decisions affecting their own development and enhancing prospects for sustainable, accountable and responsive service delivery in the long term.

To strengthen capacity of community structures to protect and respond to rights abuse, exploitation and violence against children and women.

Strategic Actions

  • Partner, collaborate, improve knowledge and empower community structures to undertake legal and policy advocacy on issues that undermine children and women rights
  • Adapt and implement approaches that challenge communities’ behaviors and social norms that perpetuate rights abuse
  • Research and generation of relevant data for evidence based programming towards child protection and women empowerment

To improve access to safe environments that promote learner retention, child safety, well-being and development.

 Strategic Actions

  • Strengthen parenting practices through positive parenting skills building, psychosocial support and reproductive health services
  • Improve access to education and health outcomes for children and their families through early childhood development services
  • Promote safe learning environments in primary schools through engagement with stakeholders

To empower ordinary citizens to undertake policy analysis and social accountability for equitable, accessible and accountable services.

Strategic Actions

  • Increase citizens’ knowledge on health rights and responsibilities, applicable policies and evidence based empowerment to enable citizens to directly voice their concerns
  • Support communities to influence relevant planning and budgeting processes and measure progress on health and other services indicators.
  • Support people centred advocacy strategies that address key policies and barriers in the service sector

Child protection cases referred and followed up.

Children benefiting from early life skills development.

Girls and boys benefiting from education incentives.

Parents reached with positive parenting skills.

Community advocates built capacity.

Community groups supported to influence health policy change and practice.
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