Participatory Review Of National Policies On: Land; Health; And Trade.
Office of the President-Cabinet Secretariat
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Government of Uganda has put in place a number of public policies. Public policies are means of addressing public issues in an effort to improve the lives of the citizens and transforming the country into a middle income status. Good practice requires that reviews are conducted to determine public policies that have worked and those that haven not. The involvement of stakeholders is a contemporary principle that requires their participation in all matters that concern them for inclusiveness, relevance and effectiveness. The Government of Uganda approved The National Land Policy (NLP) in 2013 and the key issues it was to address included: Historical injustices and colonial legacies, which had resulted in multiple rights and interests over the same piece of land; disposition and loss of ancestral land by some communities; border disputes arising out of tribal, ethnic groupings and trans-state border disputes; and the ineffective dispute resolution mechanisms, which resulted into illegal evictions. The National Health Policy II (NHP) was approved in 2010 and the key issues it was to address were; health promotion, disease prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The National Trade Policy (NTP) was approved in 2007 and its overall Mission and Policy objective was to develop andnurture private sector competitiveness, and to support the productive sectors of the economy to trade at both domestic and international levels, with the ultimate objective of creating wealth, employment, enhancing social welfare and transforming Uganda from a poor peasant society into a modern and prosperous society. However, since the approval of the above mentioned policies, there has been no review conducted to determine their effectiveness and relevance to the different stake holders. It is against this background that the participatory review was carried out to determine the effectiveness and relevance of the National Land Policy, NationalHealth Policy and National Trade Policy.
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