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Poverty, Political Interference Hindering CSOs Work-Report

Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of UNNGOF says the report shows that the inadequate funds that the NGOs have are being depleted by communities demanding for meals, drinks and transport facilitation.
28 Mar 2019 17:57
The 2018 Civil Society Report being Launched

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High levels of poverty and political interference are hindering the work of Civil Society Organisations-CSOs in Uganda.

The report titled the ‘2018 State of Civil Society Report’ is as a result of a qualitative research carried out by the Uganda National NGO Forum-UNNGOF in collaboration with USAID.

It highlights the conditions under which civil societies operate in Uganda. The report was launched on Thursday in Kampala.

Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of UNNGOF says the report shows that the inadequate funds that the NGOs have are being depleted by communities demanding for meals, drinks and transport facilitation.

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The report also shows that the political interference has left many NGOs unable to operate to their full capacity. Ssewakiryanga says this needs to stop.

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According to the report, there’s a lot of suspicion surrounding the operations NGOs carry out in the country. Ssewakiryanga says most of the suspicion comes from political leaders.

“We have many types of politicians either accusing NGOs of the work that they are doing or intentionally misinterpreting it. This is affecting the work of NGOs.”

In 2017, Action Aid, the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies and the Uhuru for Social Development were closed by security operatives and computers confiscated.  There have also been several break-ins of NGOs by unknown people.

The report calls upon government to create a favorable working environment for NGOs and CSOs by stopping targeted attacks.

“Government needs NGOs and NGOs need government. So, instead of the two parties being at loggerheads, with one party being highly suspicious of the other, government needs to work with NGOs instead of trying to stop their work,” Ssewakiryanga says.   

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