On the occasion of the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, UCSD joins other 5 East African CSOs to point out why the East African Community budget for FY 2018 /19 ought to have focused more on SDG 7, with particular focus on access to universal access by 2030 to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services, including clean fuels and technologies (access to clean cooking).
The LVEMPII CS Watch Project seeks to lobby and advocate for realization of results-based performance from Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMPII) and implementation of the East African Community Climate Change Policy (EACCCP). The Project is implemented by SusWatch Kenya, Tanzania Coalition for Sustainable Development and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) – working together as the East African Sustainability Watch Network (Contact: www.easuswatch.org for more detailed information). UCSD hosts the Project Regional Office in Kampala.
As part of the existing implementation team at the Regional Office in Kampala (c/o UCSD), the network wishes to recruit a Finance and Administration Assistant (FAA). The FAA will work as part of the East African Suswatch Network’s administrative group to administer the daily and routine financial transactions, bookkeeping and Accounting work, filling of returns to the relevant partners and Government Offices as well as various administrative tasks to ensure that the East African Suswatch Network’s guidelines for Accounting and administration are adhered to, and that statutory requirements and generally accepted accounting standards are complied with in order to achieve the overall objective of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Civil Society (LVEMPII CS) Watch Project that has been implemented since November 2011
Concerns have erupted over a multimillion dollar World Bank project to save Lake Victoria that has failed to take off in Uganda after three years, even as Kenya and Tanzania are about to complete their part.
The Lake Victoria Environmental Management (LVEMPII) project under the ministry of water and environment which was supposed to kick off in 2010 is yet to start while pollution and environmental degradation continue to impose their toll on the lake.
District officials and community-based organisations (CBOs) earlier registered to implement the project on Tuesday attributed the drop in water levels and fish stocks and the general rampant pollution of the lake to the project’s delay.
Masaka district environment officer Rose Nakyejjwe explained that the district was expecting to restore at least 40 degraded wetlands which serve as catchment areas for the lake, but the project’s delay had affected the plan.
The LVEMPII project aimed at promoting conservation of biodiversity and harmonizing national and regional management programmes in order to achieve the reversal of environmental degradation and stabilize the lake ecosystem.
Ironically, even before the funds could be released, Nakyejjwe reported that officials from the Auditor General’s office had twice last year approached her office for accountability.
“How can you audit a project whose funds have not been released?” Nakyejjwe asked.
“The ministry approved 10 environmental conservation proposals from CBOs in Masaka. We signed financial agreements last year but we are still waiting for the funds.” http://bit.ly/VpdW1X
By Mwayafu M. David September 2012 Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) held its annual General Meeting on September 21, 2012 at Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Nsambya in Kampala. According to Mr. Kaganga John, he appreciated the role that UCSD has played in the information generation, dissemination and sharing a great work well done. However, most of the members have not utilized the information. He encouraged members to ensure that there is a two way flow of the information from the secretariat to members and from members to the secretariat. He also noted that, Most of the organizations in developing countries are the most vulnerable in terms of access to information and dissemination and that is why Mr. Kaganga John through Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) is struggling to ensure that he establishes a computer centre for the computer literacy to farmers and the youth in the rural community. He is fundraising for the project to build a community Resource centre and equip it with internet, radio and television where the community will access current information from their local area and around the World on Agriculture and food security, environmental awareness and sustainability, climate change adaptation, marketing and marketing skills, education, health and land rights. Within the radius of 50kilo meters of Kikandwa there is no Resource or internet Centre of any kind were the community access information
Most of the members have no access to computers and even those who have; access to internet is still a major limitation. “Dongles or modems are still very expensive” and for him he got a computer when he visited the United States of America. “KEA is growing like a bush fire in the Hamatan” When he met with some experts in the USA, they asked him “how do you people think you will come out of the information divide to be like the developed world?” Because we are in least developing countries or developing countries. Unless almost 24 hours you are connected to the internet, whatever you do will not succeed in achieving it because you will be behind the news and development hence a challenge in achieving sustainable development.
While in Rio Brazil, during the Rio+ 20 Summit in June, whenever you could see a person without a computer you just know that one is from developing country or least Developing country. People in the developed countries are all connected by phones that are internet enabled and computers connected to internet and Mr. Kimbowa Richard – UCSD, Could confirm this. According to Mr. Kaganga John, “If we want to develop our organizations all of us must be connected 24 hours” that is why for him who leaves in the country side of central Uganda he can wake up at 2:00am and check what new information and development is taking place in his area of interest.
He also thanked the Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development because it has built his capacity and when he joined the coalition, he did not know much. But through his persistence in asking Mr. Mwayafu M. David – National Coordinator Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development and Kimbowa Richard - Regional Coordinator East African Sustainability Watch Network to teach him how to use the computer he has managed to progress well. He also accounts that himself he has never gone to any institutions to learn computer use and applications. But because of his will power for the quest for knowledge and skills through innovations he has been able to use other colleagues who are computer literate to learn and also be ahead of the game. Although he is among the success stories there are many people in developing countries who are in dire need for the computer services and access to internet and computers.
Fairfood International & UCSD Fairfood International facilitates change towards a fair and sustainable food and beverage industry focusing directly on food and beverage companies and their supply chains, encouraging changes in their policies and practices (www.fairfood.org). In order to realize our mission, we employ a holistic advocacy strategy that is based on four strategic pillars:
Solid background and contextual knowledge of companies and the food industry;
Direct, proactive and eﬀective engagement with food and beverage companies;
Strong and passionate global community and constructive and eﬀective campaigns;
Fairfood joins forces with like-minded organizations in order to achieve a more sustainable food and beverage industry in an efficient way. Since November 2011, UCSD and Fairfood became partners and mainly work together on sharing knowledge and expertise related to the food and beverage industry, specifically in the Lake Victoria Basin.
As of 2012 Fairfood started providing capacity development services on the subjects of research, advocacy and communication to its partners. In the light of the LVEMP II Civil Society project, the UCSD and Fairfood identified opportunities to enroll a capacity development program.
Objective of the program and expected results Objective To develop skills and knowledge that will allow the UCSD, UCSD members and Fairfood to gain insight in sustainability issues in the food and beverage industry in the Lake Victoria Basin and to apply these insights in advocacy and campaigning.
Please send your complete application form to firstname.lastname@example.org we need 15 applicants for this course and should be from Uganda only deadline for submission is on September 8, 2012.
Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) a member of International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) is partnering with SustainableEnergy, International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), Sustainable Environmental Development Watch (SusWatch-Kenya) and Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO) to implement.