Civic Engagement: Activating the Potentials of Local Governance in Uganda
In this seventh Local Government Councils’ Scorecard Assessment Report, we present evidence-based performance results of the elected political leaders in 35 districts around the country during the FY 2016/2017. The assessment focuses on the role political leaders play in the decentralisation process. The score card indicators are based on the roles and responsibilities of local government leaders as stipulated in the local government act. This assessment report is organized into eight chapters. Following the introduction, chapter two provides a theoretical discussion of decentralization and social accountability, and presents LGCSCI’s theory of change. Chapter three describes the LGCSCI methodology that includes the assessment, capacity building and various tools of citizen engagement. In chapter four, the findings of FY 2016/17 assessment are presented. It includes an analysis of the performance results of the district councils, chairpersons, speakers of council and individual Councillors from the 35 districts. Chapters five and six focus on innovative mechanisms of citizen engagement. Chapter five describes the civic engagement action planning process as a mechanism for amplifying citizens’ voice and engaging local government officials about service delivery issues. Civic technology and its role in strengthening civic engagement is the focus of chapter six. The economic environment in which local governments operate can enable or constrain their ability to respond to citizens’ service delivery demands. These dynamics around local government financing are the focus of chapter seven. The conclusions and recommendations presented in chapter eight, if taken up, will activate the potentials of local governance in Uganda.