Intergrated Program for Good Governance and and Sustainable Livelihoods ( IPGSL )
The Intergrated Program for Good Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods (IPGSL) is benig implemented in 4 diocese of Gulu, Arua, Nebbi and Hoima. The program is running for a period of 5 years form January 2013 to December 2017 and is funded by Caritas Norway.
The integrated program for good governance and sustainable livelihoods is being implemented in Hoima Diocese in the parishes of Munteme, Nyantonzi and Kabango ecclesiastical parishes. Nyantonzi and Kabango Parishes in Masindi district are in Budongo sub county while Munteme Parish,there is Kabwooya and Buseruka sub counties The Project was welcomed by various stake holders ranging from religious leaders, Political leaders, technical personnel from government, and at the grass root structures of government to the beneficiaries.
Reporting systems are annaul to the Donor ie every end of the year and Bi-annually, Quarterly to the BoD of Directors and Monthly to the HOCADEO management and staff.
- The target group has increased their civil competence about democratic processes
- The target group’s knowledge about and ability to practice and respect for rule of law has increased
- The target group is experiencing improved livelihood and food security
- The target group use environmentally sustainable agriculture methods and practice environmentally friendly households
- The target group has been sensitized on HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and control
- Caritas Uganda, Caritas Hoima, Caritas Nebbi, Caritas Gulu and Caritas Arua have strengthened their capacity and competence as an agent of change
Project thematic areas
The project has three thematic areas on Good governance and Democracy, Sustainable Livelihoods and HIV prevention.
Activities being implemented in the HIV/AIDS prevention thematic area.
In this area,the programme staff carryout the following activities in order to fight the spread HIV in the communities that the programme is being implemented.
Radio talk shows are carried out in targeting the populations of Hoima and Masindi. The Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) like disclosure, HIV Counseling and Testing(HCT) and basic facts about HIV/AIDS
Trainings about socio-cultural drivers of are also carried out to sensitize the Community Participants about social, cultural and economic factors that escalate the spread of HIV. Furthermore trainings about elimination of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV(eMTCT) are carried out enable pregnant mothers know the benefits of delivering from a health facility and also make Community Participants know how Mother To Child Transmission of HIV occurs.
HIV Counseling and Testing outreaches are carried out to enable people know their HIV sero status and also mobilization of men for Safe Male Circumcision (SMC).
Activities being implemented in the good gorvernance thematic area.
- The training in democratic processes training has empowered women to know that it’s their right to vote and to choose freely who to vote minus any influence or forced selection by their spouses. This was an issue that came up during trainings that women were being forced to vote candidates that their husbands supported against their will. The men also got to know that it’s a crime and prosecutable to force their wives to vote candidates against their will.
- The direct and indirect beneficiaries who received democratic processes training now know their rights and responsibilities in democracy. Before the training, most of the beneficiaries knew that voting is just a favor they do to the contesting candidates and therefore they should first bribe them to vote not knowing that their vote has a great influence in the development of their community but now the community knows the impact of voting.
- The training has also empowered some members of the community to know that good leadership is required for development and therefore some have made decisions to contest on some political seats. One of the beneficiaries intending to contest come 2016 is Mr. Onyuthi G. Wilberforce from KasenyiLyato village Buseruka sub county Munteme Parish.
- Community dialogues have bridged the gap between the community and their leaders. During our interaction with the beneficiaries, they revealed to us that their leaders do not come back to interact with the community after being voted into power and only come back during election time. Community dialogues have helped the community to dialogue with their leaders about development issues at hand in the community.
- Community dialogues have also helped to improve transparency and accountability on service delivery. During community dialogues, the community has been able to demand for transparency and accountability on service delivery.
Promotion of rule of law
- The sensitization workshops on human rights have equipped the community on their rights. Some of the beneficiaries did not know that they also have rights that should be respected by others. An issue came up especially with security officials intimidating and extorting money from those arrested for any case. After the sensitizations, the beneficiaries were able to know that their rights were being violated and now they know to handle such cases.
- The sensitization workshops on human rights have also equipped the communities with the knowledge to respect rule of law. This we believe will reduce on the crime rate since they know human rights and relevant authorities to report too incase of any violations