Uganda must put in place mechanisms to track the progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations has advised.
In 2015, UN adopted 17 SDPs to replace the 10 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000 to address poverty, hunger, disease and gender inequality, among others. The SDPs also seek to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.
Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda, says as government implements the 17 SDPs, it must reach out to the communities, which are grossly affected by the challenges. To do this, Malango says a system should be in place to track progress.
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Malango was speaking at an event to mark 30 years of the existence of World Vision in Uganda. World Vision is an NGO operating in 41 districts and has initiated community development projects in different sectors including water and sanitation, HIV/AIDs, food security and peace building.
She further tasked community-based NGOs to focus on programmes which empower women and also the state of children's health.
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Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who was the chief guest, commended World Vision for its complementary role to government programs, especially in war-ravaged areas like Northern Uganda. Oulanyah asserted the need to focus on child development, with government playing a leading role in enforcing policies.
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World Vision's Country Director, Gilbert Kamanga says in spite of successes, NGOs still lack adequate funds to run their activities.
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World Vision has spent about 850 million dollars (2.8 trillion shillings) in projects since it started operations in 1986