In June 2018,the Africa Leadership Institute(AFLI) and its partner Uganda Management Institute(UMI) commenced implementation of the Parliamentary Performance Scorecard and Civic Engagement Project for 36 months ending 31st May 2021.The Project is funded by the Democratic Governance Facility(DGF) .In 2020, AFLI in partnership with Uganda Management Institute(UMI) produced a number of policy briefs that contribute to objective one of the project ; that’s generating evidence on the performance of MPs and the Institution of Parliament for civic engagement. Producing the policy briefs is only one step, the next step is using the policy briefs to engage citizens and policy makers as to influence the policy direction in the country. In this quarter, AFLI intends to hold two online workshops to disseminate two policy briefs that arose from the previous policy dialogues and parliamentary business. The policy briefs include:
- Lessons from Uganda’s early response to COVID-19 Pandemic: Measures, Consequences and implications for Public Governance and;
- Development and Marketing of Tourism Products in Uganda.
The first workshop is scheduled to take place on Friday July 23rd.
The measures established by Government of Uganda in response to the advent of the COVID – 19 pandemic call for policy interventions to improve management of outbreaks,
epidemics and pandemics. A document review was conducted to analyze the efficacy of the
government strategy for treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic to identify deficits to be addressed at policy level. Notably, Uganda instituted the
measures before registering any confirmed case of COVID-19 but these have risen to 85,581 cases, 58,686 recoveries and 2,033 deaths. In 2020 among various strategies to prevent the spread of the disease was a total lockdown in the country plus others measures such as isolation and testing of suspects, tracking and tracing of contacts, introduction of Standard operating procedures in conduct of public business, and policy interventions like supplementary budgets for relief and for health and security sectors. Since the advent of the pandemic, a number of sectors have been hit hard by the pandemic that include; Education, Trade, and Tourism.
Whereas one of this two workshops will focus on response to COVID-19 and policy measures ,the second workshop will focus on development and marketing of tourism products in Uganda in light of the slump in Tourism sector during the pandemic. The tourism sector has been picked because it’s one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and yet it Uganda has been documented on several occasions as one of the top tourist destinations in the world (Uganda Tourism Centre 2012; Fodor’s travel guide 2018). In 2019, contribution of travel and tourism to GDP (% of GDP) for Uganda was 7.9 %. Though Uganda contribution of travel and tourism to GDP (% of GDP) fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 2000 – 2019 period ending at 7.9 % in 2019. The tourism sector is singled out in the report by the Daily Monitor as one of Uganda’s largest income earners for the past five years, contributing about seven percent of Uganda gross domestic product (GDP) and employing about 500,000 Ugandans. UTB said employment in tourism was projected to grow by 10 percent in 2020. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2019/20, that is, March to June 2020, tourism suffered a huge decline while other sectors suffered only moderate drops (UBOS 2020). It’s on this basis that the workshops will focus on the above areas.
Objectives of the workshops
The objectives of these workshops are to;
- Make citizens and partners aware of government interventions following the advent of COVID-19,
- To increase citizens participation in democratic processes and to,
- To strengthen partners and citizens’ engagement with government and government institutions on issues that affect them.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.