Policy and Advocacy Briefs

Social accountability as a tool for realization of economic and social rights

In this edition of the ESRA brief, we examine the various mechanisms through which citizens can demand accountability from duty bearers and service providers at the local government level in the areas of health, education and water.


A Handbook for Community Health Advocates

A simplified manual for Community Health Advocates (CHAs) on the right to health. It introduces the legal and policy framework on the right to health in Uganda and outlines the key components of the right to health.


Implementation of the Gender and Equity Certification Requirement under the Public Finance and Management Act

In this edition of the Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) looks in detail at the issue of gender and equity budgeting, with specific reference to the 2016/17 Annual Budget, to analyse how gender and equity budgeting relates to facilitating social justice.


2016 General Elections: Vote 4 Education, Vote 4 Health

In this edition of the ESRA Brief, citizens from various parts of the country pose pertinent accountability questions to their leaders, and share their frustrations and expectations. The brief also contains reviews of the manifestos of the different presidential candidates   in relation to  the basic rights to education and health and how they plan to realize these rights. The brief concludes with highlights of the Citizen Manifesto.


Call for Article Submissions

The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) invites submission of articles on the theme: “The State obligation to respect, protect and fulfil Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) in the  context of business activities,” which is the focus of the 8th  Issue of its Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief to be published in May 2017. 

While the ESRA Brief is dedicated to Economic and Social Rights (ESRs) advocacy in Uganda, it does draw on key lessons from the broader East African Community and beyond. The Brief provides insight into the debates and steps currently being undertaken towards the full realization of ESRs in Uganda.  

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Getting it Right: Uganda’s Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme

In this issue; "Getting it Right: Uganda’s Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme", we provide a comprehensive review (from a human rights perspective) of the proposed National Health Insurance Bill 2012, which once adopted, will operationalise the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Ugandan Ministry of Health is currently awaiting a certificate of financial implication from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in order to proceed with the proposed Bill.


The Right to Water in Uganda: Perspectives from the district of Kayunga - ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 5

In addition to analyzing international norms and domestic policy, this policy brief is a result of field research carried out in two sub-counties of the Ugandan district of Kayunga i.e Bbaale and Kayonza; and demonstrates the challenges communities face in realizing their right to water as an underlying determinant of the right to health.


Beyond Statistics: How can we achieve universal basic education of acceptable quality in Uganda?

In this issue; "Beyond Statistics: How can we achieve universal basic education of acceptable quality in Uganda?", we look beyond the increased enrollment figures and provide a qualitative assessment to determine if the current basic education system in Uganda is directed to the full development of the human personality.
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Beyond Statistics: Addressing Inequity and Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Services in Uganda

In this issue; "Beyond Statistics: Addressing Inequity and Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Services in Uganda", we pay attention to marginalized groups including women, the elderly and mental health patients. We also pay attention to geographical inequities in the provision of health services by examining, for example, the disparities between services offered in rural and urban areas.


Economic and Social Rights in Uganda: The Status Quo

The ESRA Brief provides an opportunity to interrogate the status of economic and social rights, primarily in Uganda and key lessons and challenges from the greater East African Community.


"Who is responsible?" A situational brief on the air pollution in Lugazi Town: ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No.4

Violation of the right to a clean and healthy environment adversely affects the enjoyment of a broad range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food and water. Section 24 of Uganda’s National Environment Act requires NEMA to establish air quality standards, take measures to reduce existing sources of air pollution. Since NEMA has not yet come up with the air quality standards to control air pollution in the country, it is therefore the duty of the State including the local government to protect the right of the residents of Lugazi to a clean and healthy environment.


A Looming Crisis? An analysis of the health sector budget performance for the financial year 2012/13 and allocations for 2013/14: ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 3

In this brief, we highlight the fact that the health sector budget provision and performance does not reflect the commitment made by government to achieve universal access to health care service delivery especially to the most vulnerable groups who mostly reside in the rural areas, as well as women, children, minority groups and persons with disabilities.  

We also argue that it is not enough that we ask for increment of the health sector budget to meet the 15% commitment made under the Abuja Declaration. That it is equally important for us to ensure that existing resources are put to optimum use. It is in this regard that monitoring both the physical and financial budget performance within the health sector should be a key concern for all stakeholders.



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