The Ugandan government has announced plans to measure the impact of social services delivery in the country with the aid of an evaluation tool.
With approximately 58 per cent of Uganda’s population below 18 years of age, children’s cognitive development represents the country’s greatest natural resource.
The Government’s ability to achieve Vision 2040 is pegged on the effective delivery of equitable investments in the education, health and social wellbeing of young people.
Towards this end, the Ugandan government is set to launch a tool to monitor the effective delivery and impact of basic services to children and other vulnerable groups.
The Social Service Delivery Equity Atlas will analyze budget trends and determine the impact of public investments on social outcomes such as school completion rates; antenatal care visits; and improved water source functionality.
The Atlas which builds on existing framework is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; the Economic Policy Research Centre (ERPC); and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance said, “This initiative represents a fundamental milestone in our efforts to strengthen Government’s current monitoring systems-moving beyond an accountability trail for budgetary resources to a system of tracking service delivery performance and impact.”
UNICEF Representative in Uganda Aida Girma added, “Much of the information that has been generated through the Atlas and its complementary policy briefs shows that poor outcomes are not necessarily the result of insufficient inputs, but sometimes the lack of complementary investments in areas such as social protection.”
According to Dr. Ibrahim Kasirye of ERPC, the Atlas disaggregates service delivery and identifies gaps in the critical sectors by region which, together with the policy briefs, provide direction on where and what effort is required. By doing so, government can move away from the traditional “one size fits all” approach to tailored solutions which may not necessarily be through increased financing.
The Atlas is an opportunity for Uganda to improve effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery especially in the face of resource constraints.
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