Policy Research and Engagement

Uganda operates under the guidance of a number of policies formulated and implemented over a long period of time.
Many government institutions, NGOs and multilateral organizations have been operating within such frameworks augmenting their efforts to improve the lives of the people. These institutions have implemented several measures directed towards improvement of the welfare of the population. However, regardless of all these policy interventions, maternal mortality, Under 5 mortality, chronic poverty, among other development indicators are still high. This implies that there exist a number of challenges limiting the effectiveness and efficiency of these polices. There is concern that though a number of interventions have been developed, the strategies to enhance the interventions have not been adequately participatory and decentralized to involve all stakeholders and this has discounted the effectiveness of these interventions. For instance, While Uganda’s annual population growth has continued to increase ove er the past two decades and is expected to do so in the future; its rate is likely to prevent a steady improvement in the quality of life of individual families. A coherent and comprehensive population policy framework that is responsive to societal demands is essential and urgently needed. (MoFPED, 2008) . Most of the interventions have been ad hoc without a strategic framework for ensuring sustained progress in addressing the issues pertaining to poverty. It is therefore not surprising that most interventions directed at poverty eradication seem to have achieved little. It is against this background that CAP intends to improve policy processes through policy engagement. CAP will carryout planned, targeted, focused, long term, organized, systematic, purposeful, and intentional process of influencing matters of public interest and changing power relations to improve the lives of the disenfranchised/excluded or aimed at influencing some change, policy or process. It is a process of social transformation aimed at shaping the direction or course of public participation; public policies and programs to benefit the marginalized and uphold human rights. All these processes must be pro-poor and reflect core values as equity, justice, mutual respect and accountability.