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2012 was another great year for us at FOWODE as we continued to grow both programmatically and financially. We continued to strategically position ourselves at the centre stage of political and economic debates with the aim of ensuring that women’s needs were integrated into policies, laws and budgets both at local and at national levels.

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Fowode annual report 2012

  1. 1. Annual Report 2012 1
  2. 2. Forum for Women in Democracy [FOWODE] is awomen’s rights national non-partisan organisationwhich was established in 1995. FOWODE grewout of the Women’s Caucus of the 1994-1995Constituent Assembly which debated and passedthe 1995 Constitution. After the enactment ofthe Constitution, the Gender Working Group ofthe Caucus formed FOWODE with the aim ofmobilising women to take advantage of the gendersensitive Constitution.FOWODE envisions a just and fair society wherewomen and men equally participate in and benefitfrom decision making processes. 3
  3. 3. Foreword by FOWODE ChairpersonI am proud to have been part of the growth of Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) during 2012. Theorganisation continued to demonstrate her commitment to the promotion of the rights of women and of genderequality in all areas of decision making in Uganda. Overall we sustained our advocacy and creation of spacefor women to effectively engage and debate critical issues of concern so as to engender political and economicdevelopment in this country.The FOWODE Board continued to play a critical leadership role based on the principles of corporate governanceand through its oversight role has ensured excellent performance of the work of FOWODE. We improved the policyenvironment through the revision of the Finance and Accounting Policy and embarked on the review of the HumanResource Policy. We also initiated the processes of the development of an HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy and a GenderPolicy.This year FOWODE achieved a great milestone, the launch of our radio, 89.5 SPEAK FM ‘Voices Unlimited’ in Gulu.The radio is the first women’s radio in the northern region and the second in Uganda. It was officially launchedby Rt. Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda. The radio will apart from makinga contribution to the reconstruction of northern Uganda, amplify our work and provide space for our continuedadvocacy for gender equality and equity. We are also hopeful that the radio will be able to generate sufficient resourcesstarting next year to be able to support its own operations although FOWODE will continue to oversee it and offersupport in fundraising.As a reflection of our growth we have developed a robust strategic plan for the period 2013 – 2017 whose strategicvision is ‘Women with Voice, Power and Resources Engaging Effectively in Governance’. We call upon all of you towork with us as we implement this plan.I wish to thank the Executive Director, Management Team and the staff for the work well done over the past year. Thestaff members have been able to transform our Goals and Strategic Plan into reality, and have dedicated enormousenergy and commitment to the work of the FOWODE. Finally, I would like to thank our development partners for allthe support they have given us.Solome Nakaweesi KimbugweChairperson, FOWODE4
  4. 4. Foreword by FOWODE Executive Director2012 was another great year for us at FOWODE as we continued to grow both programmatically and financially. Wecontinued to strategically position ourselves at the centre stage of political and economic debates with the aim ofensuring that women’s needs were integrated into policies, laws and budgets both at local and at national levels.At the national level, we sustained the nurturing of relationships that we have built over the years with policy makersboth in Parliament and in our key sectors of focus. On the other hand, we made inroads in our advocacy work bygetting on board more gender champions in Parliament. One key milestone was the initiation of the discussion betweenourselves and the Office of the Speaker of Parliament and the gender champions in Parliament on the possibleintroduction of a certificate of compliance on Gender and Equity. This would go a very long way in ensuring thatgender is mainstreamed in laws, policies and budgets and we are hopeful that the discussion will bear fruit.Our expansion into 11 more districts during the year enabled us to further build that critical mass that is vital toholding leaders accountable to the citizens. Our work with the communities has continued to confirm to us that oncecitizens are mobilized, organized and empowered with knowledge and skills to demand accountability, corruption isharder to sustain and service delivery improves. Our increased focus at the local level was further legitimized by theconsensus reached by civil society leaders at the end of the year that in all the work we do as civil society the citizenshould be central. We will therefore endeavor to ensure that the citizen is central in all we do.Our greater focus and determination is reflected in our new robust strategic plan 2013 – 2017 whose theme is“Empowered Women, Transformed Societies”. Over the next 5 years, we will strengthen women’s voice and promotegender justice in the political and economic arena; build the leadership of young people to advance women’s rights andfoster accountable institutions; and will influence economic policy from a women’s rights perspective. We hope thatover the next 5 years our primary beneficiaries, who are the women, will have voice, power and resources to engageeffectively in governance.I highly value the board for their unreserved support and critical leadership provided during the year particularlyas we worked on the strategic plan and on our control environment. I appreciate the staff who worked tirelesslythroughout the year to ensure that we delivered on our targets. Lastly, I thank all our development and other partnerswho had faith in the work that we do and provided moral, financial and technical support.Patricia Munabi BabiihaExecutive Director 5
  5. 5. VisionA just and fair society where women andmen equally participate in and benefit fromdecision making processes.MissionTo promote gender equality in all areas ofdecision making through advocacy, training,research and publications.Operated in 17 districtsKampala, Wakiso, Busia, Kabale, Mityana,Amuria, Amuru, Napak, Kibuku, Kibaale,Luwero, Gulu, Kotido, Abim, Kitgum,Masindi and Rukungiri6
  6. 6. Passageway to Achieving Our Goal Strengthening stakeholders’ capacities in gender budgeting and resource tracking Creating a society where Enhancing women’s Conciousness raising on participation in civic and women’s rights women and men equally leadership participate in and benefit from decision making processes Grassroots activism Gender Budget for gender responsive Advocacy for equitable service delivery and resource allocation accountable leadership 7
  7. 7. External Operating Context Gender profile boosted: the appointment of the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga as Chair of the IPU, and the election of Rt. Hon Margret Zziwa as the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly raised the profile of women in politics in Uganda. These are opportunities created for FOWODE to continue engaging on issues of gender equality. Separation of powers, the ninth Parliament continued its battling for control and autonomy from the Executive throughout the year. The country witnessed increased incidences where the President’s actions were deemed to be undermining the authority and power of Parliament as an independent pillar of the state. Youth unemployment in Uganda continued to affect the youth we are engaging with as young women were less focused on taking on community initiatives, their focus was centered mainly on finding employment. Additionally, the continued dissatisfaction and disenfranchisement of Uganda’s large youth population has contributed to an atmosphere of insecurity as evidenced by the continued violent strikes and riots to voice their grievances. The jubilee of Uganda’s independence: In 2012, Uganda marked 50 years of independence; Uganda is regarded as one of the more politically stable countries in Africa in the last 26 years giving many Ugandans reason to celebrate the jubilee. The celebrations presented women with a unique opportunity to reflect and review 50 years of women’s participation in democracy and of their contribution to the country’s development. It was also a time to celebrate our achievements and acknowledge areas where we need to galvanize our efforts in order to transform the lives of all women.8
  8. 8. Repressive response of government to opposing views continued to affect all Ugandancitizens in 2012, particularly those who advocate around accountability issues. This wasparticularly evident during the violent arrest of opposition politician Ingrid Turinawe-abewildering spectacle that shocked and appalled all who witnessed it bringing to light therisks women engaged in politics are subjected to .This incident provided FOWODE anopportunity to call for respect to women’s dignity.Increased activism on theft of public resources: Four major donors including Britain,Denmark, Ireland and Norway suspended aid to Uganda after it emerged that $13 million,as reported in the Uganda’s Auditor General report, intended to help develop areas leftdevastated by the war against the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels had been stolen. Civilsociety heightened its advocacy against theft of publi cresources and gave birth to theblack Monday movement.Oil management: Oil revenues are expected to increase over the next five years and bringwith them a high degree of autonomy to the country. The key message from governmentis that the revenue from oil will be used in a frugal manner that lays a firm foundationfor future growth and prosperity. This imminent oil revenue that is likely to significantlyalter the financial landscape of the country calls for tighter discipline. Accountabilityfor the oil resources continued to raise concern among the populace and particularly thevehemence of the Executive in narrowing the space for possible engagement and enhancedtransparency in its management. The year saw passing of a controversial clause in the Oiland Gas Management Bill which gives the minister overwhelming power.Decentralization Policy: The extent to which decentralization has delivered on itsexpectations has remained a subject of debate mainly due to the deficiency of the nationalbudget. There is growing concern that increasing the number of districts, before addressingthe capacity challenges in existing districts, negates the core function of service delivery.The sustainability of very many small districts is dubious just as their ability to attractand retain the required personnel, and generate counterpart local revenues. 9
  9. 9. Internal Operating Context Expansion of FOWODE’s Reach; Over the past year FOWODE acquired funding to implement additional activities in 11 more districts which increased our district operations to 17. This had implications on our work with more staff out in the field than at any other time. This also led to a change in our operational method of work leading to more activities implemented by field staff within the districts. Policy Development: During the year, the organization began the development of some key policies that it lacked including the Gender policy and an HIV/AIDS workplace policy. FOWODE also reviewed her Financial and Accounting and Human Resource policies to ensure that they capture key emerging issues and are able to respond to critical issues affecting staff. Whereas the gender policy provides a clear framework that governs FOWODE’s approach to gender issues in the workplace and in her day to day work, the HIV/AIDS policy is aimed at addressing the HIV / AIDS issue in FOWODE’s work place to ensure promotion of suitable working conditions for people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Development of a new strategic plan. FOWODE finalized the development of her strategic plan for the period 2013-2017. The new plan FOWODE’s redefined priorities including strengthening women’s voice and promoting gender justice in the political and economic arena; building the leadership of young people to advance women’s rights as well as foster accountable institutions and influencing economic policy from a women’s rights perspective.10
  10. 10. ActivitiesImplemented in2012 11
  11. 11. 1. Launch of FOWODE Radio 89.5 SPEAK FM, FOWODEs radio was launched in Gulu by Rt. Hon Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga. The launch served as a marketing drive for the radio and provided publicity for increased listenership. FOWODE members and staff engaged in town cleaning and marching around Gulu town as part of the launch event which was attended by close to 500 people12
  12. 12. Enhancing capacity of legislators20 Gender Responsive Budget champions in genderbudgeting in analysis16 Parliamentary Gender Responsive Budget championsfacilitated to monitor Lira, Kabale, Busia and Lyantondelocal governments’ adherence to the BCC directive ongender budgeting20 new women Members of Parliament trained in genderresponsive policy analysis and influencing230 legislators in 11 districts trained in gender budgetanalysis and resource tracking 13
  13. 13. Enhancing grassroots communities capacities 360 women in Kabale and Rukungiri trained in life skills, leadership, advocacy and gender budgeting .The women harnessed the power of the collective voice to lobby for their causes 15 public awareness meetings on food security held for 750 farmers in Amuru, Amuria and Napak14
  14. 14. Enhancing capacityof technical staffand civil society60 local government technocrats,96 Civil Society Organisations trained ingender budget analysis and resource tracking30 CSO members trained in Gender andeconomic policy .These formed a pool ofresource persons knowledgeable in genderresponsive policy and budget analysis. Theyanalyzed different policies and plans that willbe used for gender budget advocacy. 15
  15. 15. Enhancing capacity of technical staff and Enhancing capacity of technical staff and civil society 703 women councilors from Kitgum, Abim, Kitido, Napak, Amuru, Amuria, Lyantonde, Mityana, Masindi, Wakiso, Busia, Pallisa, Kitgum, Lira, Nebbi, Gulu, Kween, Mbarara and Masaka trained in Effective Legislative Engagement and they formed caucuses 60 young women from over 30 districts of Uganda trained in transformative leadership.16
  16. 16. CapacityDevelopment2 Executive Committee Meetings. A FOWODE YoungLeaders Alumni Association (FYLAA) logo andConstitution were designed which marked FLYAA’slegibility as an association.3 additional Village Budget Clubsa s formed in eachof the 11 districts. Their capacity was built in genderbudgeting and service delivery tracking techniques whichenabled them to monitor service delivery in their respectivelocalities and hold dialogues and interface meetings withtheir leaders.5 districts supported to develop Gender Budget Awarenplans Kabale, Kibuku, Kibale, Gulu and Luwero. Kitgum, Abim and Kotido, Kabale, Kibaale, Kibuku, Gulu Napak, Amuru, Amuria and Mityana. 17
  17. 17. Knowledge generation The FOWODE knowledge generation component involved developing and sharing of information which in turn contributed to the body of knowledge on gender equality. FOWODE commissioned studies and gender audits to provide up to date policy information for her advocacy. These continue to be referenced by our partners in their advocacy work and many used this information as resource materials in their organizational planning and academic work. Additionally, FOWODE produced issue briefs, posters, stickers and documentaries for shared learning and advocacy.Some of the publications produced this year are listed below: FOWODE developed and disseminated gender budget talking points which equipped parliamentary GRB Champions with information to effectively engage sectors on women and gender issues when reviewing the indicative planning figures of the FY 2012/13. FOWODE in partnership with CSBAG developed alternative budget proposals that were presented to different parliamentary committees highlighting key recommendations for improving the FY 2012/13 budget to meet the needs of the poor women and men . Issue briefs on Agriculture, health, education , Water, works and transport were printed and disseminated. These y briefs analyze the gender dynamics within the sectors and proposes recommendations for improvements in the 5 sectors Gender Audit of Agriculture, Education Health Sector and Pallisa Local Government were printed and disseminated. This provides an assessment of the extent to which Health, Education and Agriculture as well as Pallisa Local government comply with Ministry of Finance’s Budget call circular directive on gender budgeting A citizen report card in Gulu, Luwero, Amuru, Napak, Busia, Masindi and Wakiso The study measured citizens’ satisfaction with Family Planning (FP) services. It details qualitative and quantitative information about prevailing standards and gaps in the delivery of Family Planning services and also measures the level of community awareness about the availability of Family Planning services.18
  18. 18. Knowledge Generation cont…Joint FY 2012/13 Budget AnalysisFOWODE as the chair of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) mobilised civil societymembers, donors and the private sector to jointly listen and critique the 2012/13 budget Speech by theMinister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.On spot analysis of the budget speech was done and critical issues identified to achieve equitable resourceallocation. Key issues highlighted in this meeting Members questioned the re- introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) on water, Called for the increase of budget allocation towards the Youth Capital Venture fund Appreciated the zoning approach in agriculture with emphasis on 11 crops. The speech was silent on the contentious issue of oil management and controlling inflation, The trend of supplementary budget requests that steadily increased from 4 % in 2008/09 to 7.2 % in 2009/10 and to 27.7 % in 2010/11 The Budget speech did not cater for the neediest sectors like agriculture yet over 80 %of the population thrives on it 19
  19. 19. Knowledge Generation cont…1. Social and Public Expenditure Audits on Family Planning . FOWODE commissioned a Citizen’s Report Card and Community Score Card in two health centers in Kampala [Kawaala HC III and Kisugu Health Center III] to assess the level of utilization and access to family planning services in Uganda2. Agriculture performance study FOWODE on behalf of CSBAG conducted a study to track the performance of the agriculture sector. The study focuses on the performance of 4 government loans including Vegetable Oil Development Project, Creation of tsetse and trypareas, Agricultural Improved rice production (NERICA project) and Farm Income Enhancement Project – the Agricultural Component.20
  20. 20. Knowledge Generation cont…3. The Public Finance Bill, 2012 FOWODE spearheaded CSBAG to review the Public Finance Bill 2012 that intends to make reforms to public financial management. Key a call for the issuance of a advocacy issues identified included: among others certificate of gender equity to MDAs complying with the budget call circular directive on gender and maintaining the Budget4. Gender Audit of the Oil Bills Office and Parliamentary Budget A gender analysis of the 2 Oil Bills the Petroleum Committee. CSBAG presented its (Exploration, Development and Production) position paper to Parliament and Bill, 2012 and the Petroleum (Refining, Gas held regional dialogues to increase Processing, Conversion, Transportation and awareness and provide a space for Storage) Bill, 2012 was undertaken. Key citizens to discuss and submit their recommendations for inclusion of gender issues concerns on this bill. were highlighted and disseminated 21
  21. 21. 4. Media advocacy Advocacy for increased financing for family planning FOWODE implemented an advocacy and awareness raising campaign on gaps identified in the public expenditure tracking survey for family planning to demand for improved financing for family planning through community dialogues in Kabale, Luwero, Gulu, Kibaale and Kibuku , TV spots and IEC materials production Advocacy for increased resource allocation to the agriculture sector Radio and TV talk shows, a video documentary, IEC materials including posters, stickers were disseminated to support our advocacy on key gender priorities for the 2012/13 national budget. Advocacy towards elimination of GBV Radio messages, Radio talk shows and community dialogues were organized in Napak, Amuru and Amuria Investigative Journalism Partnered with Daily Monitor and commissioned investigative journalism on FOWODE’s grassroots accountability work. 4 articles were published22
  22. 22. 5. Raising civic consciousnessGrassroots community members were empowered toknow their rights and responsibilities through civiceducation village meetings. These continue to be aspace through which FOWODE advocates for theincreased participation of women in decision makingat all levels. Civic education has proven effectivein creating a sense of ownership of governmentprograms  9,249 Women and men enlightened on their civic rights through civic education in Mityana, Masindi,Busia, Wakiso, Lyantonde, Napak, Amuru and Amuria 23
  23. 23. 6. Uganda Feminist Forum The Uganda Feminist Forum (UFF) celebrated its 5th year of existence. As the first national forum of the African Feminist Forum to reach its 5th year of successful organizing, members celebrated and renewed their commitment to feminist movement building in Uganda. UFF also organized an Adisi ku Kyoto (fireside chat) an informal space to discuss and understand feminist theory and practice, under the theme “Raising Feminist Children”. Several organizations and members committed to hosting interim activities like the Director’s Forum and Adisi ku Kyoto over the course of the next year. 24
  24. 24. 7. Networks and Collaborations Networking and collaborations with organizations that share our common interest in securing women’s rights was high on the agenda this year for shared expertise, learning and joint advocacy. We are active in a number of spaces including the Uganda Feminist Forum, Women and Governance Group, The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group among others. In 2012 FOWODE together with 4 other organizations including NAWOU, ACFODE, CEWIGO and UWONET developed an Advocacy Strategy and Communication Guide for the Uganda Women’s Agenda so as to have a clear plan for its implementation. FOWODE participated in the following joint events among others: • Women’s week – to show case, reflect and re strategise on women’s effective participation in democratic processes • 2nd Edition of the anti corruption convention • 2nd edition of the national CSO fair • National Farmers Forum • Anti corruption campaign that culminated into the Black Monday movement 25
  25. 25. Organizational Development A 5 year strategic plan (2013-2017) was developed. Members, Founder members, stakeholders and staff were consulted FOWODE Staff were trained in participatory monitoring and evaluation and an M&E plan and data collection tools are currently under review Monitoring of project activities has regularly been done and board members were involved . New staff were recruited including- 1 Administrative Manager, 2 Program Officers (Women and Leadership Program and Gender Budgeting Program), 7 Field Officers, 1 Administrative Secretary and 1 new Intern26
  26. 26. Results 27
  27. 27. Making Women’s Concerns CentralDistrict caucuses were supported to monitor gender responsive service delivery. Using theinformation generated from the monitoring the women were more effective in their councilsas they lobbied for inclusion of gender/women specific needs in their district budgets andplans as well as in legislation. Below are some examples` Amuria caucus organized and mobilised other councillors to support a victim of domestic violence to report her case and followed up with theAmuria caucus police to ensure that the culprit was punished by law.The Kibuku caucus Monitored health facilities in their district and presented their findings of understaffing and poor infrastructure to the sectoral committee for social serviceKabale caucus Organized themselves and provided basic needs including soap and clothing to women in detention during the commemoration of Women’s DayMityana caucus Organized a peaceful demonstration against domestic violence. An innocent woman was amputated by her husband and police did not take action. It is after this demonstration that the man was arrested.Greater North Women’s The women district councillors in 6 districts (Amuru, Amuria, Napak,Caucus Abim, Gulu and Kitgum) formed the Greater North Women’s Caucus. The caucus provides an opportunity to scale up local level advocacy through collective voice.28
  28. 28. Influencing policy, legislation and budgetsOne of the most significant change stories comes from the women trained in Amuru district. Hon. Atim Josephine a district woman councilor LC V representing Atiak Sub-county stood up during the passing of the Amuru District budget 2012-2013 financial year and requested the Speaker to suspend the passing of the budget until the report of the District Public Account Committees enquiry was released. This would have been the second time that the District passed the budget without declaring the District PAC report. The passing of the District budget was brought to a halt by the Speaker and a later date was proposed to allow the PAC report to be released. 29
  29. 29. Influencing policy, legislation and budgets cont… Our budget advocacy at the National Level contributed to increasing pressure on government which eventually made revisions to the FY 2012/13 National Budget as highlighted below: Increase of the health sector budget by 6% to cater for salary increment of health workers. Increase of payee threshold to Ug shs 235,000 Ministry of public service allowing FOWODE to re-print 1000 gender mainstreaming guidelines and disseminate them to stakeholders. This also gives us space for future engagement. Ministry of education recruiting a gender focal person to ensure gender mainstreaming in the sector and planning for gender mainstreamed schools Budgetary allocation to agriculture increased to 585.3bn as opposed to 336bn proposed in the Budget Framework paper 2012/13 Government removed the proposal to put VAT on water. Trained district councilors have increasingly influenced policy and budgets in their respective districts e.g In Kibaale the councilors engaged strongly on NAADS and as a new development, in FY 2012/13 the NAADS programme is to distribute goats but among the beneficiaries’ 80 are women30
  30. 30. Influencing budgetsAs a result of the development ofGender Aware Budget Plans (GABPS)2012/13, different departments inKibale and Kibuku have integratedgender specific needs in their work plansto address the gender specific needs. e.g.• In Kibuku 16 women farmers were targeted for a training and the district educational department went ahead to plan for strengthening the monitoring and supervision of schools FOWODE supported 5 districts to develop in a gender sensitive way. Gender Aware Budget Plans including all the departments of• In Kibaale one of the targets of the • Management Support Services Finance Department is capacity • Finance building of 2 female staff in the • Statutory Bodies Finance Department to undertake • Production And Marketing professional training (ACCA). • Health • Education And SportsFOWODE will monitor implementation • Works And Technical Servicesof these plans for this financial year and • Natural Resourcessupport Kabale, Gulu and Luwero to • Community Based Servicesfinalise the GABPs • Planning Unit • Internal Audit 31
  31. 31. Influencing policy and budgets at the local level In Obalanga, Sub County , the district leadership committed to allocating funds for a bathroom for the female patients, a placenta pit and procurement of solar for Obalanga health center III before the end of 2013. Amuria District In Lotome HCIII the maternity ward is used as a General Ward shared by both men and women. VBCs presented the issue to the district authorities who are working on a possible intervention. Napak District VBCs have managed to lobby for improved budgets and service delivery in health, agriculture and education.32
  32. 32. Influencing policy and budgets at the local level... continuedIn Lunyo Health Center III, 10 mackintosh covers were bought and a placenta pit is tobe constructed by World vision. Delivery beds are yet to be delivered from the District. Inaddition, the in charge was alcoholic with a bad attitude, the sub county leadership cautionedher and her attitude has changed. Deliveries are reported to have increased . Busia District Districts report improvements as highlighted below:Increasing number of girls in school. E.g about 25 girls in Kijenga Village, in Masindi districtwho had dropped out of school reported back to school in 2012. In Kinuuka PS in Lyantonde333 girls were reported to be attending school in 3rd term compared to 175 in 2nd term.Parental responsibility is improving e.g in Banda Umea P/S in Mityana. VBC’s and theparents petitioned the DEO over teacher absenteeism, Parents in Lyantonde mobilised andconstructed classroom blocks for Kinuka Primary school.Many schools are reported to have revived /elected new Senior Management Committees withthe aim of improving performance of schools e.g Lapainat Primary school and Kinuuka PS. 33
  33. 33. Increasing Visibility throughMedia Engagement Increasing Visibility through MEDIA 2011 2012FOWODE used the media as a key 700 642tool in her advocacy to promoteand raise awareness on gender 600equality and women’s empowerment 500including Radio and TV Talk shows,Community Radio Dialogues, Press 400coverage on radio , television and innewspapers. We received coverage 300 274in New vision, Bukedde, UgandaRadio Network, Monitor, Red 200pepper, Eddoboozi and other local 100 59papers. 49 45 17 4 0 0 Press coverage [Print] Radio and TV Talk Radio and TV Spots Investigative show Journalism 34
  34. 34. Increasing Visibility …..The FOWODE website was modified and FOWODE continued disseminating informationthrough her website, which is fully fledged with a blog and face bookaccount for information sharing and discussionsA FOWODE online public access catalogue was established . It currently has 550 booksuploaded on the area of Gender, Governance, Democracy, and Human rights. 35
  35. 35. Some of the News generated by VBC work36
  36. 36. Increased civic competence Civic education has proven effective inVoices gathered from the rights holders targeted show that they creating a sensehave a better understanding of the responsibilities duty bearers of ownershiphave to them. They are also more aware of their own role in of governmentdemanding accountability and better service delivery: programs“Our local leaders have not been calling the community formeetings to discuss the problems affecting us, now we havelearnt that when we have a problem facing us, we need to raiseit so that the government gets to know that we have a problemof clean water for drinking in our community” Dengel Mariam,Lotome subcounty, Napak district“as a requirement the Sub County is supposed to do supervisionon the health center, schools etc, does it do it, and if it does whenwas the last supervision?” A community member discusses thelatrines in Obalanga health center III, Amuria district, which is300meters from the Sub County offices and surrounded by bush. 37
  37. 37. Conclusion 2012 was another great year for FOWODE We continued to grow both financially and programmatically Our profile continued to grow not only at national level but at international level too We applaud the staff , board and partners all of who have enables our continued growth and achievement of set targets We have developed a robust strategic plan and look forward to even greater things in 2013.38
  38. 38. FOWODE share of Sources of Income FY 2012 FOWODE Program Allocations FY 2012FOWODE 2012 Expenditure 39
  39. 39. Our Vision Our MissionA just and fair society where women and To promote gender equality in allmen equally participate in and areas of decision making throughbenefit from decision making processes. advocacy, training and research and publication. Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) P O BOX 7176, Kampala • Tel: + (256) 041 4 286063 • Email: fowode@ • Email: •Web: www.fowode.org40