Gov’t Launches ‘Atlas’ to Track Service Delivery

Government has Wednesday launched an Atlas that is hoped to help monitor the delivery and impact of basic services for children and other vulnerable groups across the country.

The Atlas Publication that maps key results is, physician according to the Ministry of Finance, about it the first sign that government is rethinking the public finance for children and committed to effective delivery of national programs affecting children and other vulnerable groups.

“This initiative represents a fundamental milestone in our efforts to strengthen government current monitoring system moving beyond an accountability trail for budgetary resources to a system of tracking service delivery performance and impacts” the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Planning Keith Muhakanizi said.

While addressing the media at the Atlas Launch at the Economic Policy Research Centre Makerere University, Muhakanizi explained that the Atlas specifically provides analysis on the impacts of public investment on social outcomes.

“The social outcomes are School completion rates, antenatal care visits and improved water source functionality among others. This will enable government and its partners to track decentralized allocations across the priority sector of education, health and water,” he said.

Much of the information that has so far been generated through the Atlas he said, shows that poor outcomes are not necessarily the result of insufficient inputs, but sometimes the lack of complementary investments in key areas such as social protection or behavior and social change interventions”

The Atlas was an initiative of a joint partnership with Ministry of Finance, Planning And Economic Development , UNICEF and the Economic Policy Research center.


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