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Good Governance and Human Rights

Promotion of good governance and human rights are critical to enabling socio-economic transformations and improvements of lives through the eradication of structural inequality and poverty.

The Good Governance and Human Rights Programme has a strong focus on strengthening the voice for less privileged groups, such as youth and women. The programme contributes to the overall objectives of the Country Programme mainly through demand-side to counterbalance support to Government. The backbone is support to non-state actors who play a pivotal role in strengthening rights holders’ voice, demand for accountability and the promotion of women’s rights. The programme will empower the National Assembly, civil society organizations and citizens to (i) demand accountability and transparency from Government and (ii) promote and defend human rights, and in particular the rights of women and girls:


Demand accountability and transparency from Government

Accountability and transparency will be enhanced through a UNDP-coordinated multi-donor Legislature Support Project supporting the National Assembly to more effectively perform its core functions of citizen representation and executive oversight. Policy Forum will focus on budget analysis and monitoring of public expenditure and policy processes through its network of numerous organisations and its interaction with parliamentary committees. Twaweza will focus on improving open government through innovative approaches to social accountability, citizen engagement, and citizen-led monitoring of selected SDGs. Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) will provide grants and capacity building to mainly rural organisations that promote accountability and government responsiveness.

Promote and defend human rights

Human rights, and in particular women’s rights, will be promoted by TAMWA through mobilisation of women’s movement and a sustained media campaign against gender based violence to influence behaviour and strengthen legal frameworks and action. Femina Hip will promote behaviour change among youth, especially girls, with regards to sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment and citizen engagement. Legal Services Facility will improve the protection of human rights, in particular for women, through better access to justice and legal empowerment.

In the short-term, change is expected in terms of a stronger and more vocal civil society, increasingly demanding transparency and responsive governance from duty bearers, as well as increased access to justice for women and men. A particular change is expected in terms of increased awareness of and respect for women’s rights.