Policy and Advocacy Briefs

From Geneva to Kampala: Implementation of Recommendations from Uganda’s UPR

This 9th issue of the biannual Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief features articles on the recommendations received during the UPR, their progress on implementation and their strategies on how to achieve them. It has been widely disseminated to key stakeholders including government.

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The Local Government Handbook

The Local Government Handbook is a simple community and practitioners guide to participation in local government processes.

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The Baraza Advocacy Brief

This brief provides an analysis of the implementation of the Baraza platforms by the Office of the Prime Minister in Local Governments.

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Analysis of the Mental Health Bill, 2014 - ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 7

ISER is an ardent advocate for the adoption and use of a human rights based approach to healthcare service delivery and has actively engaged in advocacy for reform of the mental health laws in Uganda.  It is against this background that ISER presents its proposals on the Mental Health Bill, 2014.



Accountability In Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) – ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 6

This policy Brief interrogates the accountability framework for Public Private Partnership (PPPs) contracts in Uganda’s Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy implementation in terms of policy design, institutional set up and implementation practice. On the one hand, it addresses the question of whether the relevant government institutions have been accountable in ensuring a robust policy and supervision mechanism for PPPs in USE programme. On the other, it assesses the social and financial accountability practice in the implementation of USE PPPs. From the analysis, the policy brief discusses whether there can be effective accountability options for policy and practice regarding the current or future PPP arrangements in implementation of education projects in Uganda.

The State Obligation to Respect, Protect and Fulfill Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities

This brief provides an analysis on the State's obligation to respect, protect and fulfill economic, social and cultural rights in the context of business activities.

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.


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