Gender and Community Development

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES ANNUAL STATUS REPORT FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2017/18
The sector strategic objectives of the sector are;
• To enhance effective participation of communities in the development process with emphasis on marginalised group and excluded ones.
• To provide social protection of vulnerable, marginalized and excluded groups.
• To address gender inequality in the development process through mainstreaming it in all sectors and mentoring.
• To promote decent employment opportunities and labour productivity.
• To coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate Social Development Investment Plan at all levels.
ACHIEVEMENTS
• 58 YLP beneficiary groups have been supported with shs. 620,660,000/= this has benefited 563 youth of whom 322 are males and 241 females. Shs. 228,000,000/= has been recovered so far.
• 81 women groups have been funded with shs. 411,497,500/ (for 2016/17 and 2017/18). That has benefited 997 women. Shs. 5,255,000/= has been recovered since February 2018.
• 10936 SAGE beneficiaries been paid up to February 2018 totaling to shs.1, 640,000,000/=. This is off budget funding. The balance will be paid soon.
• Construction of SAGE regional office which will host some of the District staff started and is expected to be completed by July 2018.
• 14 PWDs groups supported with grants to carry out income generating activities in various lower local governments amounting to shs.23, 000,000/=.
• 961 cases mainly concerning child neglect both at the district and in the lower local governments handled.
• District Women, Youth and Disability councils have been facilitated with funds quarterly to run their statutory roles.
• Shs. 300,000/= was contributed to support the King’s coronation function.
• Heads of departments were oriented on gender mainstreaming and all CDOs mentored on integrating gender in project profiles.
• Handled 30 labour cases, withdrew five (05) children from child labour and inspected seven (07) workplaces.
• Trained 56 adult literacy instructors and distributed instructional materials.
• Assistive devices that include wheel chairs, crutches and white canes been distributed to 22 PWD and older persons.
• Chairpersons of Lower local governments and the District council for older persons’ council were oriented on their roles and responsibilities.
• Conducted launches to popularize the national strategy to end child marriage and teenage pregnancies in 5LLGs of Kigaraale, Bufunjo, Kanyegaramire, Kyenjojo T/C, and Kyamutunzi T/C.
• With support from UNICEF ,conducted dialogues in 10 primary schools with parents and caregivers on early ending child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the five LLGs
PRIORITY ACTIVITIES FOR 2018/19.
• Procurement of instructional materials ( chalk boards, primers counter books and chalk for 200 classes in all the lower local governments
• Train 40 instructors in Adult facilitation.
• Conduct adult 200 literacy classes which will integrate cross cutting issues like gender, nutrition, child care, parenting, savings and credit, sanitation etc in all lower local governments.
• Mobilize for group formation, participation in development activities and other priority activities in all the lower local governments.
• Register groups/CBOs and where possible link them to other service providers.
• Support 10 PWD, 40 Youth, 30 women groups with grants or loans to establish income generating activities.
• Raise awareness on mind set change, adolescent challenges, domestic violence, laws protecting rights of workers, women, children, PWD and older in all the lower local governments.
• Mentor lower local governments and heads of departments ant district level on gender mainstreaming.
• Advocate for implementing actions geared towards addressing gender concerns and rights of the marginalized groups.
• Handle cases related to violation of the above rights.
• Support cultural Institutions and performing groups that can foster community development.
• Providing cash transfer to 11,000 older persons and in all the lower local governments.
• Provide assistive devices to 10 PWD and older persons in all the lower local governments.
• Withdrawal children from hazardous employment/child labour and link them to service providers that can help them according to their needs.
• Inspection of 16 places of work to ensure compliance and provide technical guidance.
• Handle labour disputes and workers’ compensation.
• Hold 02 planning meetings with employers and employees
• Conduct quarterly review meetings for stakeholders on orphans and vulnerable children.
• Commemoration of day of the African child (DAC) on June 16th.
• Training of youth, women, PWD and older persons groups in leadership skills, group dynamics, vocational skills and entrepreneurship.
• Monitoring quarterly OVC service providers in the district.
• Conducting community dialogues on issues of child protection and rights, child labour in at least five most affected lower local governments.
• Supporting Probation office to follow up child abuse cases such as gender based violence, neglect and creating awareness on ending child marriages and early pregnancies.
CHALLENGES
• Failure by some groups to follow programmes’ guidelines and dishonesty by some hence failing the programmes to achieve the intended objectives.
• Increasing neglect of parental obligations to the children and family leading to domestic violence.
• High rate of teenage pregnancy and child marriages.
• Some Community members’ negative mindset that affects taking up of progressive ideas.

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