Since the adoption of the SDGs, the Government has implemented an inclusive process to ensure that the SDG agenda is owned by the people, starting with the national coordination arrangements. Institutional delivery on the SDGs is guided by a multi-stakeholder Coordination Framework, which was established in 2016 under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister. Over the years, this framework has undergone some reforms to enable the country to deliver better on the Agenda. Anchored within the mainstream Government coordination arrangements, it defines and delegates leadership roles and responsibilities for different aspects of coordinating implementation of the SDGs in Uganda:
• National SDG Task force: This comprises of technical officers from lead agencies of the Technical Working Groups chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
• Technical Working Groups: The SDG Coordination Framework provides for five Technical Working Groups (TWGs) of Sector Working Groups, Development Partners, Private Sector and Civil Society. The following are the five TWGs:
Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation – Chaired by the Office of the Prime Minister
Planning – Chaired by the National Planning Authority
Finance and Resource Mobilization – Chaired by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Data – Chaired by the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics
Communication and Popularization – Chaired by the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance
Within the Coordination Framework, these are the key roles and responsibilities:
– MDAs implement SDGs through their day to day work and should all have indicators for the specific SDG targets they contribute to through ongoing activities, and ensure that all plans, budgets and activities reflects relevant SDGs.
– Local Governments are at the forefront of implementing SDGs at the local level by addressing local challenges, defining priorities and solutions; and mobilizing communities to actively participate in the development process.
– Parliament and Members of Parliament play a significant role in mobilizing and allocating resources, providing oversight in the implementation of the SDGs and are also advocates, mobilisers and ambassadors for the SDGs due to their closeness to people in their constituencies.
– The work of non-state actors is complementary to government initiatives, and should be aligned to national development priorities. Civil society actors are particularly instrumental for the delivery on SDGs through their outreach to people in the communities, as change makers driving behavioral change, and as watchdog holding duty bearers responsible.