Sugur Development Agency (SDA)

Country: Uganda
Head of the organisation: Vincent Ocen, Executive Director
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Tel: +256779037833
Languages: English

Mission and vision

SDA exists to secure a peaceful and democratic society through the promotion of democratic governance and envisions a democratically developed society.

General description of your work in the prevention of and the fight against corruption

The SDA projects and activities potentially focus on civic empowerment through basic trainings and sensitization in order to empower the masses to take action in the demand for accountability. This enables SDA to metamorphose into an institution where activists and social action dynamos find a platform to launch their campaigns for social and political accountability. For instance, the Citizen Empowerment and Social action project is focused on promotion of democratic governance through strengthening citizen participation and influence on the democratization processes in the Country and to build the civic competence of the citizen to promote Accountable public leadership.

Describe your organisation’s work linked with the UN Convention against Corruption

Corruption is a lead contributor to high poverty in Uganda. Reports indicate that between 500 billion is lost annually in this country and corruption in procurement alone costs 150 billion annually. These figures indicate that colossal amounts of money that Uganda badly needs for development are lost annually due to a system that is riddled with Corruption.

In response to this challenging situation that SDA concentrates its advocacy efforts on:

  • Promotion of civic participation in service delivery process to realize value for money assurance.
  • Conducting of Public expenditure tracking surveys to package all information in the service delivery processes in comprehensive campaigns.
  • Undertaking value for money public audits and processes in order to give the public and the civic population avenues to determine their destinies.
  • Carrying out research and policy analysis and advocacy in order to drive the campaigns on information that is up dated.

The rationale for public service is to be responsive to the real need of its citizens. This presupposes that the citizenry is able and empowered enough to demand in order for a response to the demand to be granted. Civic empowerment is thus a crucial component of anticorruption campaigns and with it; the provision of public forums for that empowerment to become a resource. Dormancy in the civic populations in as far as rights and duties enforcement is concerned has certainly bred and nursed corrupt tendencies from the public and private sectors. There is the power belonging to the people principle but has been taken advantage of since the grantors of authority are incapable of holding the grantees to account. Therefore, SUDA is implementing the following activities in link with UNCAC review mechanism or directly participating in the review mechanism of our country:

  • Carrying out research and policy analysis and advocacy in order to drive the campaigns on information that is up dated.
  • Promotion of civic participation in service delivery process to realize value for money assurance.
  • Conducting of Public expenditure tracking surveys to package all information in the service delivery processes in comprehensive campaigns.
  • Promotion of community-based monitoring systems to promote community appreciation, ownership and protection of all public resources.
  • Interesting the community in budget advocacy and monitoring in order to support a proactive monitoring base
  • Undertaking value for money public audits and processes in order to give the public and the civic population avenues to determine their destinies.

Global civil society network promoting the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)