CAP Foundation

parraThe nature of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in development work in Uganda and Africa is changing. While there is still a strong demand for CSOs to ‘sustain positive development efforts and initiate new ones in terms of policy advocacy, budget monitoring to ensure direct service delivery, there is a growing need for more actors to participate in policy processes, in order to bring about sustained long-term change. Council for African Policy (CAP) plans to participate and engage in systematic research, policy debate, policy initiatives, and influencing policy processes in Uganda and Africa. Augmented and backed by experts with a wide range of experience and expertise in systematic research, policy and national development issues, CAP presents a framework for action to promote the strengthening of research, dialogue and debate on policy and governance issues taking into account existing strategies, and ongoing activities by providing assistance in the development of policy, advocacy support, and capacity building, at institutional levels and directly in the communities and Strengthening policy and institutional measures that will support positive and sustainable nationa al development. CAP will stress the need for more integrated or “joined up” policies to deal with the complex issues now facing Uganda and Africa especially at this time of social and economic change. CAP will outline the need for a more integrated policy-making process. Getting this right is vital to economic prosperity and ability to deliver on other social and environmental policies. Currently, there is arguably less integration in policy development and implementation and, so far, there has been little guidance on what integrated policies would consist of and how they might be delivered. CAP also wishes to address targeted governance issues and debate on public administration and service delivery focusing especially on the co-ordination of multiple actors and institutions to debate, define and achieve policy goals in complex political arenas such that the state no longer dominates the policy-making process and decisions but highlighting how concerted public-private efforts and co-operative rather than adversarial policy strategies can create a strong commitment to a more integrated or “joined-up” approaches to policy which will hopefully foster “holistic governance” which goes beyond simply stitching together the plethora of government committees and policy documents and instead takes a more grassroots approach which moves away from a model of government that is structured around functions and services and instead focuses on solving problems. This will inform and start to develop some parameters to define the new holistic governance-based policy-making systems that are relevant to successful development policy in this changing environment; such as initiatives on policy integration, evidence-based policy, the use of standards and guidelines linked to policy evaluation, encouragement of openness, stakeholder involvement and consultation, and avoidance of unnecessary regulatory burdens; improving on policy formulation and implementation in areas that cut across the policy boundaries of traditional government departments. Effective policy integration would imply that science-related policies ought to be crucial components of new holistic governance initiatives.