Samarbetsland: Uganda

Kalix and Masaka, Uganda

Project name: Student-oriented learning

The project addresses the issue of limited access to quality education and opportunities for students in Masaka, Uganda. Many students face challenges in fully developing their potential, leading to high dropout rates, lack of motivation, and inadequate preparation for the labor market. The overarching goal is to increase civic participation and contribute to the development of an inclusive society.

Gender Equality Connection: The project acknowledges that girls and children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds face higher dropout rates. The initiative aims to promote gender equality by addressing disparities in educational outcomes and opportunities.

Pedagogical Approach: The project aims to develop a learner-centered education approach, fostering students’ active engagement and transforming teachers into facilitators. Emphasis is placed on students’ reflective, expressive, and communicative skills, aligning with the new Lower Secondary Curriculum’s objectives.

Projektområde
Education
Globala mål
17 - Genomförande och globalt partnerskap4 - God utbildning för alla5 - Jämställdhet
Svensk partner
Kalix kommun
Internationell partner
Masaka District Local Government Council

Increasing Transparency in Local Governments: Implementation and Evaluation of Citizen Budgets in Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe

Regional focus: Eastern Africa

Time: October 2023 – June 2024

This action research project follows up on previous ICLD research by supporting local governments to implement a citizens budget and adapt the associated Toolbox to African experiences.

Abstract:

This research project investigates the implementation and impact of Citizen’s Budgets at the local level in selected countries. It aims to understand the elements that compose these budgets, the impact they have on the transparency of local government budget processes, and the degree of empowerment they confer, especially to marginalized groups. The study also assesses whether the level of budget literacy in these countries acts as a limiting factor to the effective use of Citizen’s Budgets and explores the most effective digital technology practices for implementing this tool. The methodologies include desk analysis, surveys, interviews, and capacity-building workshops with local government administrations and local communities. The outcomes of this research promise to enhance transparency, accountability, citizen engagement, and trust in local government, thereby strengthening local democracy. This project underscores the significance of Citizen’s Budgets as crucial instruments for fostering participative governance and enhancing fiscal literacy.

Researchers:

Viktor Mitevski, Executive Director, ZMAI (Association of Research and Analysis)

Dragan Tevdovski, Professor, University St Cyril and Methodious University Skopje

Elena Trpkovska, Economist, The Social Services Improvement Project in the Republic of North Macedonia (SSIP)

Related publications:

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
17 - Genomförande och globalt partnerskap5 - Jämställdhet
Tema
Digitalisation and e-governance

Equitable Health: a far-away dream for young girls and women in Uganda?

This case reveals the reproductive health challenges young people face in Uganda that predispose them to maternal mortality, and invites to discussion of the responsibilities and opportunities for local leaders. It references concerns of teenage pregnancy reported in Jinja District during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the 2020 District Health Office report, 17% of women who attended Antenatal care were teenage girls 10–19 years old (Office of the PM, 2021). The scenario further shows the difficulty many women experience in accessing reproductive health information and services.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this scenario participants/learners will be able to:

• Identify health inequities associated with maternal health,
• Appreciate the underlying social determinants of the inequities within their localities,
• Examine the system and leadership failure or weakness underlying the burden of maternal mortality to women within their localities,
• Articulate the most feasible strategies leaders and communities can do to address the maternal health inequities within their localities, and
• Take agency in implementing the identified strategies.

Typ av publikation
Learning Cases
Projektområde
Health
Globala mål
10 - Minskad ojämlikhet3 - God hälsa och välbefinnande
Etiketter
equitable health, reproductive health,

The right to health in Uganda – addressing the tension between duty bearers and rights holders to acheive equitable health

This scenario highlights the health inequities in Uganda’s healthcare system. It brings out the contention and tension between claim holders (claimants of rights) and duty bearers (guarantors of rights) in a resource-constrained reality.

It is intended to help learners appreciate how a potential tension may appear or be conceptualized by both sides. It is also intended to invite leaders to re-imagine how they might diffuse such human rights tensions while protecting the right to health for all.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this scenario participants/learners will be able to:

• Appreciate the disparities in the enjoyment of the Right to Health between the different sections of the population in their jurisdiction.
• Articulate practical ways how they would work to guarantee the right to health for everyone especially the most disadvantaged in their communities.
• Examine the opportunities within the country’s legal framework to guarantee the right to health.
• Identify appropriate actions to reclaim the right to health for all persons regardless of their social economic status

Typ av publikation
Learning Cases
Projektområde
Health
Globala mål
10 - Minskad ojämlikhet3 - God hälsa och välbefinnande
Etiketter
equitable health,

Entebbe

During the Inception year, Karlskrona and Entebbe are to investigate the prospects for a future project, where they intend to create a platform to share experiences and experiences to improve the participation of young people in local democracy by enabling them to participate and be included in climate-smart initiatives. They also intend to collaborate and exchange ideas about teaching about the climate challenge. They also hope to be able to develop strategies for teaching around Agenda 2030 together. The language around sustainability and climate change is often aimed at reaching people who work with policy and not young people, which is also something the partners will take a closer look at.

Projektområde
Environment/Climate changeInclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
13 - Bekämpa klimatförändringarna

Child-Focused Cities Analytical Framework

This research project, aiming to develop an analytical tool to address the Sustainable Development Goals from a child rights perspective, is divided into multiple steps. Phase two, conducted in 2023-2024 is described first while phase 1, which served to build the conceptual groundwork for the analytical framework, is described after.

Phase 2 – Child-Focused Cities [CFC] for the Sustainable Futures Network

Regional focus: Eastern Africa / Southern Africa / Europe / Latin America The Sustainable Futures Network

Time: July 2023 – July 2024

Abstract:

Child-Focused Cities (CFC) brings together a group of engaged researchers epistemologically curious about the inclusion of children and youth in local democracy. The group revolves around questions of why, how, where, and under what circumstances children and young people are recognised as political subjects and crucial role-players in shaping sustainable futures.

The project will facilitate cross-sectoral exchange between local decision-makers, researchers, and practitioners by embracing the format of Research Circles. Through local partnerships with reputable professional organizations specializing in working with children and young individuals, the research will enable creative interpretation of the CFC initial concept, thus illuminating multiple geographical and cultural registers around childhood, and providing the indispensable link between local politics and research. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a toolbox as a collection of practical instruments and protocols that will be essential for advancing the CFC agenda within the Sustainable Futures Network.

Research team

  1. Jua Cilliers [Australia], School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney
  2. Paula Barros [Brazil], Escola de Arquitetura Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  3. Lynne Cairns [Scotland], Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), University of Durham
  4. Caroline Brown [Scotland],The Urban Institute, School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University
  5. Predrag Milic [Serbia/Austria], Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, TU Wien / Faculty of Architecture and Planning Austria
  6. Rongedzayi Fambasayi [South Africa], Play Africa Group NPC, Children’s Museum / Law and Development Research, North-West University
  7. Rejoice Katsidzira, [Zimbabwe] Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Phase 1 – Let’s get together and make change: Towards The Child-Focused Cities Analytical Framework

Regional focus: East Africa, global

Time: October-December 2022

This study is conducted with an Impact Research Grant – stipends for projects designed to facilitate solutions to a local government’s expressed needs. The projects build on Local Democracy Labs, where local governments discuss a current issue with expert researchers.

Summary

This research ultimately aims to create a new toolkit –a relational object – that reframes the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from children’s perspectives in their respective everyday-life environments. Such a tool aims at the paradigmatic shift of the child-friendly city approaches by claiming that “friendly is not enough”! Conceptualised as the Child-Focused City Analytical Framework, the toolkit should offer guidance for analysis andaction to local governments, municipalities, and professionals within and beyond the ICLD network. In short, this project will enable a team of international scholars to revisit, contextualise, and stress-test the concept of the CFCAF, developed during the LDA2022. In this “stage zero” phase, contextualising the CFCAF to the needs of partnering local governments and professionals serves to stress-test the toolkit, jointly draw conclusions and prepare for its further development.

With a participatory approach and co-creation of results, the project encounters municipalities in their respective realities and engage in a constructive dialogue around child and youth inclusion. As a group of international scholars, the researchers will not do “research”, but “praxis: reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it” (Freire 2005: 51).

Municipal partners for this project are Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia, while multiple municipalities participate as observers.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
11 - Hållbara städer och samhällen17 - Genomförande och globalt partnerskap
Tema
Child rights and youth participationHuman RightsParticipatory democracy, citizen dialogues and budgeting

Admission requirements

Invited countries

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Target group

The programme is aimed at governmental officials from local governments. Applicants must be nominated by their local government (municipality/county) and it must be clear in the application that the organisation supports the proposed change process with which the participants of the training intend to work during the training if accepted.

Local governments must apply in teams of three (3). Each team must include the following functions:

  1. Manager (from a management group within the local government, or similar),
  2. Gender equality strategist/coordinator, and
  3. Economist, development strategist, or other function of importance to the change process.

Functions 2 and 3 are referred to as governmental officials. The application should clearly identify which member of the team holds each of these roles. Ensure diversity in the team regarding ethnicity, age, gender and/or ability.

Elected Politician

Participating local governments will be asked during the training programme to invite an elected politician to participate in parts of the training, preferably a mayor or a member of the local government’s executive committee, at two occasions.

Language requirements

The training programme will be organised and conducted in English. Proficiency in English shall be indicated in the Application form.

Health requirements

Considering the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and ability to work without health restrictions is required. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form.

Other requirements

Nominations are assessed on individual and organisational merits. 24 participants will be selected to the programme taking into account that the participants bring diversity to the group through their various backgrounds and professional qualifications.

Costs

All training costs pertaining to lectures, literature, documentation, study tours and certain social activities as well as accommodation and food will also be covered by the organiser. All international travel costs related to the programme will be covered by the programme organiser. Costs for personal expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the participant or his/her organisation.

VISA

Participants are responsible for obtaining all relevant visas during all scheduled parts of the programme. The costs for obtaining visas are to be borne by the participant.

Insurance

All participants are covered under a group insurance while on scheduled parts of the programme. Medical and dental checkups are not included.

Certificate

Participants who successfully complete all scheduled parts will be awarded a Certificate of completion of training.

Application process

Application shall be made electronically, via link here below and include a recent photograph and all required information and documents. An outline of the Change Process aiming at developing gender equality in your municipality or district and to contribute to equitable and inclusive lives for all citizens.
The Change Process must be described in the application and you will be asked to describe:

  • The challenge your team wish to address
  • How the institutional strategic focus is affected by the problem
  • Which policy and practice gaps the change process will address

The application page contains details of what to include with your application. After an initial selection, a few chosen candidates will be invited for the interview, after which the final round of selection will take place.

ICLD operates anti-discrimination policy and all training courses are open to anyone despite the physical ability. If you have some physical disability, please let us know so we can solve all the practical issues that may arise.

The activities in the programme will be carried out on-site or digitally. If the situation occurs that we are forced to postpone workshops due to unforeseen situations, ICLD will suggest new dates when the majority of participants can participate. If no dates are possible, ICLD will consider carrying out the workshop digitally.

Programme structure

The training consists of four compulsory workshops, of which all four are full time scheduled trainings. Periods between workshops are homebased. The total duration of the programme is 18 months.

When?:
The Inception workshop will be held in Zambia, February 15 – 18, 2022
The Follow-up workshop will take place in Kenya, September 19 – 23, 2022.
The ICLD team visit to Tanzania will take place in December 5 – 9, 2022
The Sweden Phase workshop will take place in May, 2023
The Final workshop will take place in Uganda, September, 2023.

Where:
All workshops except the Sweden Phase workshop will be held in the participating countries. The Sweden Phase workshop will be carried out in Sweden.

Phase 1
Inception workshop (5 days inclusive travels)

More exact location to be decided.

Participating teams, mentors and programme management develop a shared understanding of the content, structure, methodology and management of the programme. The proposed change processes will be discussed interactively, showing in which ways the local government wants to work with sustainable gender equality in their organisation, within the framework of the 18 months training programme. Participants are expected to participate actively and to provide feedback on the challenges faced by the other teams. A seminar on local democracy and gender equality will be included in the workshop agenda. The Inception workshop will be held over the course of three days in one of the participating countries.

Work with the Change Process (6 months, in home country)

Back in their respective local communities the participants will continue to develop their change process in line with
the feedback they received during the Inception workshop. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with facilitators and other participants.

Participants are expected to work continuously and regularly with the change process during the time between each workshop. An assignment will be presented for the team to work on and report back on before the next training session. Teams will have meetings with their mentors, digitally or IRL.

Phase 2
Follow-up workshop (5 days inclusive travels)

More exact location is still to be decided.
A follow-up workshop seminar will be arranged in one of the participating countries, for the participants to present the progress of their Change Process. The workshop provides an opportunity for peer review and a deeper look into challenges for institutional change. The programme of the follow-up workshop also includes study visits and lectures provided by the ICLD and other relevant lecturers.

This is the first occasion where a politician from the local government is expected to participate. All participants will be present during the first three days of the Follow-up workshop which will focus on change management through steering and leadership
using the gender mainstreaming method. During the remaining day of the week, the governmental officials and the national mentors will work intensively with the change process. The training week will be held over the course of three + one days in one of the participating countries.

Continuation of the work with the Change Process (6 months, in home country)

The team continues to work with its change process in line with the feedback and knowledge input they have received during the
Follow-up workshop. An assignment will be given to the team to work on and report back on before the next training session. The teams are visited by their mentor in their workplace, who then reports back to ICLD on the ongoing change process.

Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with facilitators and other participants.
Participants are expected to work continuously and regularly with the change process during the time between each workshop.

Phase 3
Sweden Phase workshop (2 weeks)

The training in Sweden will be held over the course of two weeks and consists of a series of lectures, workshops and study visits covering the modules gender mainstreaming, citizen participation and inclusive decision-making, transparency and other themes with a bearing on responsibility of local governing in Sweden. The two weeks in Sweden will give the participating teams an understanding of how Swedish local and regional administrations work especially with gender mainstreaming and equality work.  All participants are present during the first week when the focus of the seminars will be management and leadership. The first week also includes municipal study visits, during which the team spends two days in a municipality, meeting with colleagues (managers and governmental officials) and exchanging experiences on gender equality work and gender mainstreaming change processes. The second week is for the governmental officials only, with the content customised for the target group and focus on the implementation of gender equality work.

Continuation of the work with the Change Process (4 months, in home country)

The team continues to work with its change process in line with the knowledge input they have received during the Swedish phase. An assignment will be given to the team to work on and report back on before the next training session. The teams are visited in their workplace by their mentor, who then reports back to ICLD on the ongoing work. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with facilitators and other participants. Participants are expected to work continuously and regularly with the change process during the time between each workshop.

ICLD Team visits to one of the participating countries

The team continues to work with its change process in line with knowledge and input received during previous workshops.
All teams are visited by their mentors and some teams will also be visited by ICLD programme management team. A Quality review on teams progress, lessons learnt from training and networking within the programme.

Phase 4
Final workshop (5-6 days inclusive travels)

More exat location is still to be decided.

The results of the team’s change process are presented at the Final workshop, and this is the second occasion when a politician is invited to attend. Managers, governmental officials and politicians meet for the last time within the framework of the training
programme. Managers and governmental officials are awarded a certificate upon completion of the training. The Final workshop will be held over the course of three days in one of the participating countries. This workshop marks the formal end of the programme.

Learning processes

The programme employs a mixture of pedagogical methods such as lectures, group work, forum discussions, study visits and facilitated support by the assigned mentors. ICLD-conducted training is aiming at being learner-centered and having clearly articulated learning objectives. ICLD also strives to support participant´s awareness of their own learning.
Support for planning, implementation and evaluation of the Change Process is mainstreamed throughout the whole programme. The number of participants is limited to 24 in order to ensure a close working relationship between participants, ICLD-staff, mentors and lecturers.

Management and staff

All four phases of the International Training Programme are carried out under the support and management of the ICLD. In addition, the programme is supported locally by professional mentors being selected by the ICLD.

Admission requirements

Invited countries

All countries on the OECD-DAC listed ODA-eligible countries, are eligible for the programme, but if a local election is held during the year when the training takes place, the country is temporarily taken off the list. See this list:
www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC-List-of-ODA-Recipients-for-reporting-2022-23-flows.pdf


Target group

Only elected women politicians (currently in office) in a local/regional government will be considered. ICLD will prioritize applicants holding a position of Mayor or Deputy Mayor but will also exceptionally accept applicants who are Councilors. We at ICLD aim to create a group that includes both majority and opposition politicians, as well as a diversity of ages and experience. ICLD trainings are open to all that are eligible, irrespective of physical ability.

Candidates who have previously participated in an ICLD training programme financed by Sida cannot apply for this programme.


Language requirements

The training programme will be organised and conducted in English. Proficiency in English shall be indicated in the Application form.


Health requirements

Considering the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and ability to work without health restrictions is required. You need to be enjoying full working capacity and to be able to engage in an active programme with long days of seminars, study visits and interactive networking. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form.


Other requirements

The outline of the problem to be addressed by the change process will be of crucial importance in the selection of participants. Once selected, the participant is required to attend all scheduled parts of the 12-months programme and must have approval to participate in all aspects of the program from her local authority. She is required to actively participate in the workshops and complete assignments between workshops (journals, reports).

Due to the nature of the programme, family members are NOT allowed to accompany participants to the programme.


Costs

All training costs pertaining to lectures, literature, documentation, study tours and certain social activities as well as accommodation and food will also be covered by the organiser. All international travel costs related to the programme will be covered by the programme organiser. Costs for personal expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the participant or her organisation.


VISA

Participants are responsible for obtaining all relevant visas during all scheduled parts of the programme. The costs for obtaining visas are to be borne by the participant.


Insurance

All participants are covered under a group insurance while on scheduled parts of the programme. Medical and dental checkups are not included.


Certificate

Participants who successfully complete all scheduled parts will be awarded a Certificate of completion of training.


Application process

Closing date for applications is 8 September 2023. Application shall be made electronically, via link here below and include a recent photograph and all required information and documents. An outline of the problem to be addressed by the change process shall be submitted as part of the application and plays a key role in the selection of participants.

The change process must be described in the application and you will be asked to describe:

  • The challenge/problem for change you want to address
  • In which way this work will anticipate citizens’ needs

The application page contains details of what to include with your application. After an initial selection, a few chosen candidates will be invited for the interview, after which the final round of selection will take place.

ICLD operates anti-discrimination policy and all training courses are open to anyone despite the physical ability. If you have some physical disability, please let us know so we can solve all the practical issues that may arise.

The activities in the programme will be carried out on-site or digitally. If the situation occurs that we are forced to postpone workshops due to unforeseen situations, we at the ICLD will suggest new dates when the majority of participants can participate. If no dates are possible, ICLD will consider carrying out the workshop digitally.



Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance

Programme structure

The training consists of three compulsory workshops, of which all three are full time scheduled trainings. Periods between workshops are homebased. The total duration of the programme is 12 months.

When:
The Inception workshop will be held in February 2024
The Sweden Phase workshop will take place in May-June 2024
The Final workshop will take place in February 2025

Where:
All workshops except the Swedish Phase workshop will be held in the participating countries. The Swedish Phase workshop will be carried out in Sweden.


Phase 1
Inception workshop

(5-6 days including travels)

More exact location to be decided

After confirmed selection, the participants will be contacted by a programme manager at ICLD and invited to the Inception workshop.

The participants and the programme management develop a shared understanding of the content, structure, methodology and management of the programme. Topics addressed in this workshop, among others: teambuilding and networking, developing the change process, and introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals. The tuition during the inception workshop consists of group discussions and lectures with a combination of Swedish and/or international experts from the region.

The Inception workshop will be held over the course of three days in one of the participating countries.

Work with the Change Process (3-4 months, in home country)

Back in their respective local communities the participants will continue to develop their Change Process. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with facilitators and other participants.


Phase 2
Swedish Phase workshop

(2 weeks in Sweden including travels)

Participants will meet in Sweden for a cultural exchange, advanced leadership training, introduction to Swedish women politicians/mentors and a two-day study visit to a Swedish municipality or region. Topics of study will include, among others: the Swedish model of governance, suppression techniques and countermeasures, communication skills and how to be a good role model among other things. Tuition consists of interactive lectures and group discussions with Swedish and international experts combined with study excursions, group work and discussions.


Phase 3
Final workshop

(5 days including travels)

More exact location to be decided

The participants and the Swedish mentors meet in one of the participating countries. The goal of this workshop is to summarize and share the challenges, opportunities and
lessons learned throughout the programme. The participants will present their Change Process results. The programme also includes study visits and lectures provided by the ICLD and relevant lecturers. This workshop marks the formal end of the programme.


Learning processes

The programme employs a mixture of pedagogical methods such as lectures, group work, forum discussions, study visits and facilitated support by the assigned mentors. Support for planning, implementation and evaluation of the Change Project is mainstreamed throughout the whole programme. The number of participants is limited to 25 in order to ensure a close working relationship between participants, ICLD-staff, mentors and lecturers.

Management and staff

All the three phases of the International Training Programme are carried out under the support and management of the ICLD. In addition, the programme is supported by Swedish mentors being selected by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).


Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance