Parliamentary Accountability Project

Project partner: USAID/DFID

Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) Program

Project Goal:

The overall goal of this program was to contribute to improved efficiency and effectiveness of the Accountability Committees of Parliament for improved service delivery at the local level.


Project objectives:

  1. To strengthen the capacity of the accountability committees of the 10th Parliament
  2. To increase citizens’ dialogue and engagement on OAG reports
  3. To improve practice and legal reforms aimed at strengthening the accountability cycle
  4. To support LGs for strengthened and holistic Refugee Response
  5. To support the integration of the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF)
  6. The integration of the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF)

The program was designed to improve the capacity of national accountability institutions to support local government (LG) accountability. During the period 2014 – 2019, CEPA has undertaken several interventions that strengthened the legal, policy and institutional mechanisms for accountability in Uganda.

Key project achievements

  •       Carried out research that informed its subsequent interventions. Based on these research findings CEPA undertook a series of interventions to address the gaping gaps and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Parliament’s oversight function
  •       CEPA also influenced policy on accountability by introducing into Parliament’s Rules of Procedure the following reforms: ‒ enforcement of the constitutional timeline of six months for presentation, debate, and adoption of the Office of the Auditor General’s (OAG’s) report upon receipt from the OAG; and ‒ addition to the Rules of Procedure of a mechanism for conveying a Treasury Memorandum to OAG for audit to confirm that OAGs recommendations had been implemented.
  •       Through the support of committees, the Public Accounts Committee–Local Government (PAC-LG) cleared a 5-year backlog for the period 2010/11–2013/14 by improving work methods, which enabled the PAC-LG to meet the 6-month constitutional mandate for timely consideration and tabling of accountability committee reports for FY 2014/15 and FY 2015/16.
  •       Influenced the debate on refugee management. CEPA published a research report and three technical policy briefs that were used to advocate with the Parliamentary Committee on Budget, Committee on Presidential Affairs, and Committee on Public Service and Local Government.
  •       Undertook research on the situation and challenges of refugee hosting districts and provided information to national level policy makers
  •       Provide in Parliament’s Rules of Procedure mechanisms for the transition of Accountability Committee reports from one Parliament to another
  •       Improve committee operating procedures through the development and adoption of a Handbook for Accountability Committees
  •       Provide in the Rules of Procedure a mechanism for conveying a Treasury Memorandum to OAG for audit.

Key activities:

  •         Induction and training of 3 the three Public Accounts Committees (PACs) over a five year period
  •         Mentoring PACS to ensure efficient and effective performance of their mandate following a recommendation from the assessment study carried out in 2014;
  •         supported the Local Government Public Accounts Committees to conduct public hearings and scrutinize the Auditor General’s report in five regions of the country over a period of three years since 2016. Under this arrangement, the hearings brought together key players in the accountability chain, including the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Ministry of Public Service, Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA), Local Government Public Accounts Committees (LGPACs), District Speakers, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and the general public.
Project partner: USAID/DFID Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) Program Project Goal: The overall goal of this program was to contribute to improved efficiency

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