The BSI Uganda programme initiated in November 2010 and has been focused primarily on three work-streams: Fiscal Decentralisation, Transparency and Accountability, and Incentives for Improved Service Delivery. In regards to Fiscal Decentralisation, the most recent work has supported reforms to fiscal transfers contributing to greater equity in budget allocations across local governments of Uganda and establishing incentives for greater accountability and institutional performance. This work is addressing large inequities in resource allocation across Uganda and will make a real difference in many areas which have been marginalised over the last decade.
BSI’s work under the Transparency and Accountability work-stream has focused on developing technology tools, including the www.budget.go.ug budget website and supporting mobilisation of feedback from the public and follow up on that feedback. The work in Uganda is pioneering and represents a model for how Governments can increase transparency through the provision of easy-to-access information. For example, the development of a call centre provides the opportunity for citizens to hold the Government directly to account.
Under the Incentives for Improved Service Delivery work-stream, BSI’s main objective has been to support the design of the Local Government performance assessment system. A better system will result in: 1. Stronger accountability, with expenditure reflecting national and local priorities; 2. Stronger Local Government management of service delivery and development projects; and 3. Better results in schools and health facilities due to appropriate fiscal transfers. All of these together will lead to improved service delivery outcomes for the citizens of Uganda.