The Situation Room Debate Series
Recognizing that informed public debates remain fundamental in building functioning democracies, the Situation Room debate Series are tailored to allow people’s opinions, interests and expectations to be expressed on issues that concern the citizenry. The initiative is purposed to avail a platform on which the citizens are encouraged and empowered to actively participate in the processes of galvanization of government’s accountability.
The idea is also designed to facilitate an all levels’ participation approach in the processes of promoting and upholding the traditions of democracy.
In 2005, Ugandans in a referendum decided to return to a multiparty system of government as opposed to the single party rule that existed then. This decision evidenced the underlying desire of Ugandans to have a political system that permits Political Competition. This civic engagement therefore helped to highlight the views of the Citizenry on whether, they as citizens have stakes in their political parties, if they thought Uganda’s political parties had Character? It also availed a platform for the citizenry to learn from their leaders on the issues regarding Political Parties’ funding among other issues..Download | Watch Related Videos
The brief was designed to set an inquiry into motion on whether political parties were ready and transparent as they prepare for their internal party primaries, the Implications of the growing numbers of independents in different political parties, how favorable is the atmosphere for the media and civil society operations, is the government willing to work with civil society organizations to ensure civic education?.Download | Watch Related Videos
Ugandans shared thoughts on the question surrounding the possibility of the current EAC collapsing because of the same reason as the first one given the weak and non-independent institutions such as the EACJ, sectoral and ministerial councils and the secretariat. The Citizenry shared views on whether Uganda actually accords the EAC affairs the kind of importance they deserve. They also tried to understand whether Uganda regards her membership to the EAC as part of the key strategies to achieve her short term, medium and long term development objectives..Download | Watch Related Videos
This community engagement provided a platform on which the Citizenry shared their views on whether the Political Parties really understood the concept of Decentralization, the policy and politics involved, how the districts can enhance their capacity to increase their local revenue and expand their resource pocket among other issues..Download | Watch Related Videos
Uganda has had five general elections since independence in 1962 with two of them under the current multi-party political dispensation made possible following the results of the 2005 referendum. The introduction of multi-party democracy and the gradual reopening of political space have ensured that elections - regular, free and fair are now the legitimate and main acceptable form of political change of government.Download | Watch Related Videos
This policy briefing paper examines the internal democratic practices within Uganda’s political parties and organizations and illuminates their implications to the country’s pursuits for democratic governance..Download | Watch Related Videos
A critical component underlying the national budget is the issue of priorities, and the specific concern is how and who sets the priorities? In view of the challenges of resource mobilization and allocation to different national needs, this paper sets out to describe the process of selecting budget priorities in Uganda..Download | Watch Related Videos