Austria commits 4m euros in support to JLOS
KAMPALA - The Austrian government through the Austria Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to support the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) for the next 2 financial years – 2015/16 and 2016/17 to a tune of four (4) million euros. The budget support fund – worth about Ushs 15.5 billion is contained in agreement signed on July 3 2015 between ADA (representing the Austrian Government) and the Government of the Republic of Uganda (represented by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development).
The funds are oriented toward support to the implementation of the JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) launched in 2012 spanning five (5) financial years. The support received from Austria shall go toward implementation of SIP III priority areas of strengthening the legal and policy environment; enhancing access to services provided by institutions involved in the administration of justice and maintenance of law and order (investigation, prosecution, adjudication, correctional and general dispute resolution et cetera); the promotion of human rights observance; and support to JLOS institutions involved in the fight against corruption.
According to the agreement that was signed by Hon. Matia Kasaija, the minister of finance, planning and economic development on behalf of GoU while Mr. Martin Ledolter on behalf of ADA, 2m euros (about 7.7 bn) shall be disbursed in the current financial year (2015/16) and the remaining balance released in the FY 2016/17 upon satisfactory progress in meeting the agreed performance indicators.
Austria, a member of the JLOS Development Partners Group has been at the forefront of support to the Justice, Law and Order Sector for more than a decade through funding to various initiatives that have positively transformed the administration of justice and the rule of law in Uganda. Currently, Austria through ADA is supporting the implementation of the Alternative Disputes Resolution Project (ADR) in a grant worth 342,436 euros (about Shs 1.4 bn). Other specific initiatives in JLOS supported by Austria include the Management for Development Results (MfDR) – a capacity building project whose objective is to empower sector staff with management and service delivery skills.
By Edgar Kuhimbisa/ Published: July 8, 2015