To provide a common platform for dialogue and collective advocacy for economic and social transformation of Uganda.
The launch of the Civil Society-Private-Public Sector Forum (CS-P-PSF) attracted the public and private actors together with the development partners. The CS-P-PSF is steadily taking root evidenced by the growing interest in this forum among the general public and other stakeholders. The private sector and civil society are increasingly getting recognized as an international solution for social issues of almost every type hence bridging the digital divide.
It is against this back drop that the Civil Society-Private-Public Sector Forum launch was held on 11th July 2013, owing a great deal to over 500 participants who shared freely the partnership experience. It aspires to champion innovative approaches and to exploit the full potential of the tri-partite partnership for economic and social transformation of Uganda.
This effective partnership launched can help address some of our social problems. In particular the co-operation launched is anticipated to add legitimacy through the bundling of resources, skills and expertise. This pact in terms of public private partnership (PPP) can also offer government access to: new resources, the civil society networks, increased funding, in kind support and technical expertise; and to the private sector, access to risk and expectations management, market and community development expertise and contract compliance.
A core group comprising the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Planning Authority (NPA), Private Sector Foundation of Uganda, Uganda National NGO Forum, Uganda Joint Christian Council, FHRI and Crown Beverages Limited governs CS-P-PSF. The core group of the CS-P-PSF is co-chaired by Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Executive Director, Crown Beverages and Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, Executive Director, FHRI. In 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding was adopted and signed to formalize this partnership of 60 agencies.
The forum adopted four main areas: monitoring the national budget framework, review of the national tax policy regime, promotion of education and technical skills and fostering good governance practices.
On 5th November 2014, the Annual Social Economic Summit (ASES) was held under the theme “Achieving Uganda’s Vision 2040 through Smart Partnerships”. The summit provided an excellent opportunity for dialogue on challenges related to the national budget, investment, taxation and policy review, governance, education, skills development and deployment, health and social protection, and peace and conflict resolution.