In 2016, the Government of Uganda developed a framework to guide the coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its associated SDGs under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister. In 2019, Cabinet appointed the Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, as the Focal Point Minister for SDGs.
To accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, Cabinet and the UN Country Team agreed to establish an SDG Secretariat in 2019. The Secretariat, which is under the Office of the Prime Minister, The Secretariat works within and in collaboration with the Directorate of Strategic Implementation Coordination and the Directorate of Monitoring & Evaluation in the Office of the Prime Minister, with specific focus on the SDGS.
In setting up the SDG Secretariat, Government envisioned an institution which would provide more dedicated support to the Directorate of Strategic Coordination and Implementation in the Office of the Prime Minister in fast tracking coordination of SDGs implementation in the country. The 2019 Auditor General’s Value for Money Audit on Uganda’s preparedness for implementation of the SDGs further highlighted the urgent need for Government to setup a dedicated, equipped, and well-resourced secretariat.
The Secretariat is charged with:
A Word with the Head of the Secretariat
Dr. Albert Byamugisha is a Senior Technical Advisor on SDGs and the Head of the SDG Secretariat.
What has been done towards the implementation of the SDGS?
In 2016, the Government developed a framework to guide coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister. The framework brings together state and non-state actors.
Who is implementing the SDGs?
The goals and targets of the SDGs are implemented through the strategies, plans and projects of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and Local Governments. This process involves taking into account the national and sub-national contexts, right from the setting of goals, to determining the means of implementation and use of indicators to measure progress.
How are the SDGs aligned to the country’s other frameworks?
Government has integrated the SDGs framework into the NDP. Measures are being undertaken to ensure that all sectors and local governments include the SDGs in their plans and strategies.
What are the challenges involved?
Data gaps and data capacity have manifested, as we monitor progress of the implementation of the SDGs. We hope that the planned roll out of the Local Government Diagnostic Tool will go a long way in ensuring full localization of the SDG process.
Awareness and popularization are also a challenge. Even those directly involved in implementing the SDGs in their day-to-day work, do so without knowing or understanding the SDG framework. Government and other partners are making collaborative efforts to spread key messages about the SDGs. The SDG Secretariat is developing a robust and inclusive communication strategy.
The very process of developing a Coordination Framework, appointing the Focal Point Minister, establishing an SDG Secretariat and Technical Working Groups, is giant strides in itself. These mechanisms and other partnerships will help Uganda go the distance in implementing the global goals. We are committed to doing our best to ensure that no one is left behind and that every effort is made to reach the furthest people first.
The Team (I am going to send photos and short profiles)
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut
Commissioner, Directorate of Strategic Coordination and Implementation
Commissioner, Directorate of Monitoring and Evaluation
NATIONAL SDG SECRETARIAT
Dr. Albert Byamugisha, Head of the Secretariat
Pascal Byarugaba, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Tina Turyagyenda, Communication Specialist