White Ribbon Alliance

Community-based monitoring and advocacy team members in Lira after the training

Community member equipped with new skills

WRA Uganda

September 12, 2015
By Faridah Luyiga Mwanje, White Ribbon Alliance Uganda

In the photo: Community-based monitoring and advocacy team members in Lira after the training

White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA Uganda) in partnership with the Local Governments of Lira and Mityana districts, and Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS Uganda conducted community empowerment training in monitoring the implementation of budget commitments on Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC), budget expenditure and its impact.

During the Act Now to Save Mothers campaign, citizens have been mobilized to demand their health rights and better funding for EmONC in their districts. However, WRA Uganda believes that influencing the development of budgets is not by itself enough to achieve the campaign goal and objectives. It goes beyond what a budget indicates it will do, to ensuring that it is appropriated, monitored and delivers. By monitoring and tracking the district and national budgets, citizens and civil society groups can hold duty bearers accountable by assessing whether allocated public resources are being spent as planned.

WRA Uganda has so far trained 280 community-based monitors and advocacy team members in budget tracking, monitoring and assessing EmONC service provision. Together, they've been able to:
  • Demystify budgeting so that it is a more transparent and open system that ordinary citizens and local leaders can understand and effectively contribute to the process. This enhances allocative efficiency of public funds and accountability for service delivery.
  • Build and strengthen local capacity of community members to continuously monitor/track implementation of district and national budget commitments and health budget expenditures for improved EmONC service delivery through Community-Based Monitoring and Advocacy Teams.