The Vice President for Ford Foundation in charge of Eastern Africa Martin Abregu has asked the Government of Uganda to create a conducive working environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country.
He noted that good working relationship between Government and the civil societies can help Government in fighting corruption which is a big challenge to many African states.
“For Government to realize value for money it allocates to the various government departments, especially those offering social services, there’s need to intensify supervision, but this cannot be done by government alone. Working with the CSOs, they can supplement government to undertake the supervision work on its behalf,” Abregu said on the weekend at CSBAG head offices in Ntinda during his visit to Uganda.
He added that the Ford Foundation will continue supporting civil society organizations with financial support to boost their capacity building training programs which is crucial in their work, especially when it comes to analysing budgets both for national and for local governments.
CSBAG Executive Director Julius Mukunda without mentioning how much the foundation has been offering to CSBAG in building the capacity of its members; he said the support from the foundation has supported them to build the capacity of their members.
“With the support from Ford Foundation, CSBAG has managed to train its members and equipping them with skills relating to analyzing government budgets both for the local governments and National Budgets which has tremendously helped government to realize value for its money through strong supervision of the projects at grass root level where the government has allocated the funds,” he said.
He also said that if CSOs have adequate capacity to analyze and debate the budget independently, they can shape revenue management and spending policies meaningfully and effectively.