Community Based Services
Mandate The mandate of the sector is to mobilize and empower communities to harness their potential while, protecting the rights of vulnerable population groups. The vulnerable populations include but not limited to; Children, Youth, Women, People with Disabilities, Older persons and People living with HIV/AIDS. Goal: Improved community welfare for sustainable development.
The sector is composed of the following sub-sectors;
Probation and Social Welfare
Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations
Gender and culture
Children and Youth
The Sector is also responsible for the Councils;
Older Persons Council
Highlights of what each core function entails;
Social protection: This one entails protecting the rights, lives and property of the marginalised groups who include People living with HIV, OVC, women, widows, PWDs, youth and older persons and in addition to the protection of their rights. This is usually done through guidance, counselling, conducting social inquiries and sensitization of communities on human rights
Community mobilization and empowerment: The main intention of this is to encourage communities to form groups that help them to start income-generating activities, communities to actively participate in government programmes like YLP, UPE, CDD, OWC, VHTs, Water development, Prosperity for All, SACCOs, VSLAs, Food and Nutrition, OVC among many others.
This emphasizes holding participatory planning meetings at community levels so that the community members could be facilitated to identify their needs and come up with priorities for the development of their areas. This is done in such way that each member of the community is brought on board such that even the voices of the voiceless are hard. This could be achieved through enabling the community members to discuss issues in their livelihood groups and thereafter in plenary and this helps for inclusion of the views of the people of all categories in the development plans. It is this process that emphasizes full integration of community needs and priorities in the development plans.
This looks at how best issues of men and women could be integrated in development plans. It enables the communities to discuss the issues of ownership, access and control of resources both at household, family and community level so that with gender responsive work plans could be development at parish and sub-county level and therefore effective resource allocation.
Linkage and networking: This basically looks at strengthening referral mechanisms and networking with Civil Society Organizations for improved service delivery. It emphasizes establishment ofInventory of CSOs in sub-county and which services they are providing
To protect the rights of the vulnerable groups
· To empower vulnerable groups with skills that will enhance their development
· To advocate for equal opportunities for vulnerable groups in accessing quality services
· To ensure mainstreaming of Gender, environment and HIV/AIDS concerns in all sectors’ development plans
· To promote collaboration and networking between Public, Private and Civil Society Organization sectors
· To mobilize communities to participate in all government development initiatives
· To reduce illiteracy amongst adults through Functional Adult Literacy programme
· To protect workers’ rights in both public and private institutions for meaningful and productive development
· To collect, analyze and keep data for evidence based planning
· To provide a mechanism for experience sharing and resource allocation for effective service delivery
Programmes and Projects implemented by the CBS Sector:
1. Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP)
1. Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP)
2. Special Grant for PWDs (SGP)
3. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
4. Functional Adult Literacy (FAL)
5. Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC) –Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth (SOCY).
Strategies for realizing development objectives
. Mobilization and sensitization of communities on children’s rights , family welfare, women’s rights, PWD’s rights, workers’ rights, Self-exposure and Positive living
. Mobilization and sensitization of Communities to increase savings in Micro Finance Institutions and SACCOs, VSLAs, Saving and Internal Lending Communities (SILC)
. Sensitization and mobilization of communities to embrace government programs like Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), UPE, OVC, Water, Roads, HIV/AIDs, Hygiene and Sanitation, Nutrition and Food Security, YLP, UWEP….
. Advocacy for public legal support
. Advocacy for respect of workers’ rights and payment of a minimum wage
. Training and equipping the youth and PWDs with necessary skills
. Training Vulnerable categories in Various survival skills
. Providing start up Items to boost IGAs for Women, Youth, Older persons and PWDs
. Research, documentation and dissemination of information (Data collection, analysis and storage)
. Conducting study tours for experience sharing
. Providing financial support to PWDs, Women, Youth groups for income-generation and self-employment
. Strengthening of FAL implementation strategy so as to reduce illiteracy rates among the adults
. Strengthening Public-Private partnership in service delivery
. Strengthening networking and linkage with CSOs, Institutions and other key stakeholders in service delivery
. Providing capacity building to marginalized groups in terms of training and appropriate support
Major achievements for the last 3 years:
136 Youth groups with a minimum membership of 1360, mobilized and supported with a revolving loan of Shs710,138,990/=. The recovery status stands at 48% in the District.
42 Women groups with a minimum membership of 420, mobilized and supported with a revolving under UWEP totaling to Shs174,402,768/=
24 PWDs groups with a minimum membership of 288 PWDs mobilized and supported with Special grant for PWDs for income-generation and self-employment. A total of Shs. 37,920,000/= has been given to the groups of PWDs.
Training Para-Social Workers in Child Protection. 30 Para-social workers were trained in each sub-county of Kyeizooba, Kyamuhunga, Nyabubare, Ruhumuro, Kyabugimbi, Ibaare and Bumbaire. A total of 210 Para-social workers trained.
Skilling Uganda: With support from Bushenyi District Woman MP, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, 800 Female youth selected from the entire District had undergone training in skills development for 3 months. The training was conducted at Katungu Mothers’ Union. Different apprenticeship skills were acquired (Tailoring, knitting, home economics, hair salon management among others). The trainees were officially commissioned by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in August 2018 at Bushenyi District Stadium.
Partnership with TPO-Uganda, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), ICOBI and APROCEL in supporting OVC and OVC households in the District. The areas supported include Socio-Economic strengthening, Health and Sanitation, Child protection, Savings and Internal lending communities among others.
Elections of Women council leaders from the Villages, Parish/Wards, Sub-Counties/Town Councils/Divisions, District and National level were conducted by the Electoral Commission and the Councils now are full constituted for the smooth running of the women affairs in the District.