Community member equipped with new skills
September 12, 2015By 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: