Mbabazi: Reforms Will Push Uganda Forward

medicine geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This was announced by Joachim Duster, sickness the Charge d’affaires at the Germany Embassy in Kampala, on Tuesday during the official opening of this year’s Uganda Evaluation Week at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

“Germany has been committed and remains committed to support the Ugandan Government and the Ugandan people in implementing Uganda’s own policies and in advancing on the path towards becoming a middle income country,” said the Charge d’affaires.

The evaluation week organised by the Office of the Prime Minister in conjunction with the Uganda Evaluation Association was officially opened by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, under the theme ‘building evaluation capacities, culture and practices in Uganda’.

Mbabazi said the judicious use of public resources to benefit the citizens is a primary focus of Government, adding that the success of government is measured by its policy choices and what it delivers.

“You will agree that for countries to develop, there is need for knowledge on what works and what does not work and why?” Mbabazi said adding, that there is shortage of information on the effectiveness of government actions.


He said lack of data is limiting measurement of the cost and quality of services delivered to the citizens hence the need for government to embrace evidence based evaluations for policy and decision making.

Mbabazi said some reforms such as decentralisation, universal primary and secondary education and budget reform among others have not been evaluated to establish whether they have achieved their intended objectives.

“Rigorous public sector evaluations have been identified as a necessity to improving the culture of debating empirical evidence in public policy,” Mbabazi emphasised.

He revealed that the Office of the Prime Minister has completed three evaluations which will soon be disseminated widely to enhance effective use of the evaluation findings.

Government is working in collaboration with the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation whose Executive Director Dr. Howard White, Prof.Keiichi Ogawa from Kobe University in Japan and former Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi among others were recognised for their contribution to the development of evaluation in Uganda and beyond.

The second Uganda evaluation week has brought together participants from countries such as Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa, Mexico and United Kingdom to share practical experiences and good practices for professionalising evaluations.

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