I was part of a team that studied the accountability sector in Uganda; below are highlights on what it is before I attack the problem of corruption head on:
Accountability has moved from mere financial reporting to broader concepts based on the rights of the people to a transparent and performing government and public service. It has become a core responsibility to provide real value in public resource utilization, citizens’ satisfaction and take responsibility for effective action and adequate explanation. Therefore, accountability is a proactive process by which public service agencies inform and justify their plans, actions, behaviors and results.
The Government of Uganda adopted a policy of a Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) in 1998 for efficient utilization of public resources. The SWAP is a broad policy framework by which Government establishes a comprehensive sector wide policy and expenditure programme that enables sector priorities to be identified and supported by Government and International partners as well as other stakeholders.
Pursuant to the above policy, the Accountability Sector was constituted in 1998 to coordinate institutions involved in promotion, supervision, as well as implementation of accountability systems. Although it remained largely inactive and therefore ineffective, there is now progress towards implementation of the Sector plan designed to guide the operations of this sector. The purpose for the Accountability Sector is to promote efficient and effective accountability systems. However, the sector is facing operational, legal and regulatory challenges that are impeding the realization of its original objectives.
More in part II