PTF Uganda Country Strategy Update


July 4, 2024 – The increasingly difficult conditions for development activities in Uganda have delayed implementation of the 2021-initated PTF-ACCU Uganda Country Strategy – Marlon Agaba, Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) reports on recent activity.

From: Marlon Agaba, Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU),
PTF’s main partner in Uganda.

In 2021, PTF, working with ACCU, agreed to develop a country strategy.

PTF Strategy Update
In 2021, we held a number of engagements in Kampala with organizations, including the United Nations Development Program, United States Agency for International Development, African Development Bank, and Norway Embassy. Although we received a positive reception, we didn’t receive new funding at the time. Implementation of the strategy was partly affected by the Covid pandemic, which was so severe at that time.

In addition, the operating environment in Uganda has been challenging, especially with the closure of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), the main funder for accountability and human rights in Uganda. Up to now, organizations haven’t fully recovered from the closure of DGF. This was also followed by the departure of other development partners or their hesitancy to fund accountability work in Uganda.

In 2023, we developed our new country strategy for the next 5 years, adopting about 95% of what was in the PTF Uganda Strategy. This includes activities related to research, community led monitoring, peer-to-peer learning and stakeholder engagement. We are also focusing on health, education and public procurement. We have also maintained the contacts developed during the strategy meetings, which we continue to build on doing our work. The operating context is still challenging, but more promising than in 2021.