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Oct 2, 2016

REPORT ON BUDGET PROGRESS

AUGUST, 2016

JOY FOR CHILDREN UGANDA

REPORT FOR THE BUDGETING PROCESS OF THE ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGES IN BUTALEJA DISTRICT

HELD ON 29TH AUGUST 2016

AT BUTALEJA DISTRICT HEADQUATER

CHILD MARRIAGES IN BUTALEJA DISTRICT

Uganda is one African country with a high rate of child marriages/child brides. It holds the eleventh position in Africa with 46% of  girls of 18 years forced or lured in marriages. According to UNFPA, the prevalence of child marriages is highest in the Northern region at 59%, followed by Western region at 58%, Eastern Uganda at 52% with Kampala having the lowest rate at 21%.

Butaleja district is among the top 5 districts in Uganda with a high rate of child marriages/brides in the Eastern region at 46% Most of these girls drop out of school due reasons like poverty, poor performance among other and get married at an early age.

Early marriages and the resultant pregnancies are the biggest causes of deaths in 15-19year old girls accounting to 20% of maternal deaths in Uganda,those who survive pregnancies suffer lasting complications like fistula and disability, (UNICEF-2014).  Ending child marriages in Africa especially Uganda requires the efforts and commitments of every stake holders, including parliamentarians, district leaders, religious leaders, academia, private sector, etc.

It’s due to this brief background that in 2015, Joy for Children Uganda embarked on a process to support Butaleja district local government to bring together all different stakeholders in the district to develop an action plan to implement/address issues related to ending child marriages in the district. After conducting of different activities from community level to high level district engagements, an action plan to end child marriages was developed with clear activities and implementation strategies.

Joy for Children Uganda convened another meeting with technical planning team of the district to critically review the action plan and budget for the suggested activities for a time frame of 5 years.

Outcomes of the Meeting

The meeting was chaired by CAO who welcomed members to the meeting and highlighted about relevance of attending the meeting which was to review the available action plan and draft a budget for it in a period of 5 year targeting it to be approved by the district council so as to increase the opportunity for resource mobilization by the district. After the 5 years the action plan will be reviewed and progress will be tracked. He thanked the Joy for Children Uganda for funding the campaign to end child marriages in the district and the district.

He highlighted that as a department of community development and probation office there is still increasing numbers of young girls getting married so young girls who drop out of school end up suffering very many consequences.

He informed members that the district in a long time had no clear implementation funded plan to address child marriages and this has made it difficult to eradicate the problem.

He noted that JFCU has come up with a campaign to support the district to end child marriages and the process begun with development of the action plan.

This process has been consultative from community level, meeting with different groups and stakeholders who came up with the available draft of the action plan. He thanked JFCU for the wonderful work, and committed to work together with the partners to implement this action plan.

He emphasized that, there is need to encourage our community members to support the programs to end Child Marriages and Teenage pregnancies amongest heads of different departments in the district. He also urged participants to keep sensitizing the community especially parents.

He said that the issue of Early Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy is everyone’s responsibility which cannot therefore be left to only, Joy for Children, Girls Not Brides and other partners.

He requested participants to have the budgeting process done as quickly as possible to enable the sect oral committee to organize the order paper as soon as possible before the council convenes.

Budgeting for the Action Plan

The action plan was reviewed by the participants and the budget was attached against every implementation activity. Both a one year implementation plan and a 5year implementation plan were designed.

Secretarial Committee Meeting

As a requirement and procedure by the local government regarding approval of district plans, after the technical input in the budgeting of the action plan, the secretarial committee meeting was convened to digest and prepare the action plan to be approved by the council. The meeting happened on 6th September 2016 at the district headquarters.

The action plan was therefore digested and the committee nominated the Minister of gender to Hon. Beatrice Namunyole to present the action plan before the council when they convene.

See the budgeted action plan attachment.

Key Issues From the Budgeting Process

Rehabilitation center

Members of the secretarial committee pointed out a need to construct a rehabilitation center that would accommodate victims of child marriage to give counseling and rehabilitation services. This was proposed to be discussed with different stake holders in the first quarterly review meeting.

District ordinances and by laws

Members suggested a district ordinance to the council on child marriage and supporting all the sub counties to pass by laws on child marriages.

Change in the action plan

Technical planning team highlighted that the action plan can be amended whenever necessary based on the availability of resources and nature of implementation.

  1. The council was postponed to convene on 16th September 2016 when we expect the action plan to be approved.
  2. The secretarial committee requested for facilitation from the Ministry of gender and secretarial committee during the presentation of the action plan to the council for approval.

Attachments:
Sep 30, 2016

REVIEW OF ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

 JUNE, 2016

 JOY FOR CHILDREN UGANDA

REPORT FOR THE REVIEW OF THE ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGES IN BUTALEJA DISTRICT HELD ON 8TH JUNE 2016

 AT BUTALEJA DISTRICT HEADQUATERS

THE REVIEW OF THE ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

Problem Statement

Uganda is one of the  African countries with high rates of child marriages/child brides. It holds the eleventh position in Africa with 46% of girls below the age of 18 years forced or and  lured into marriages. According to UNFPA, the prevalence of child marriages is highest in the Northern region at 59%, followed by Western region at 58%, Eastern Uganda at 52% with Kampala having the lowest rate at 21%.

Butaleja district is one of the top 5 districts in Uganda with the highest rates of child marriages/brides in the Eastern region at 46%. Most of these girls drop out of school due reasons like poverty, poor performance in class, among others and get married at an early age. (UNFPA 2013)

Early marriages and the resultant pregnancies are the biggest causes of deaths in 15-19year old girls accounting to 20% of maternal deaths in Uganda. Those who survive pregnancies suffer lasting complications like fistula and disability (UNICEF-2014).  Ending child marriages in Africa especially Uganda requires the efforts and commitments of every stake holder, including parliamentarians, district leaders, religious leaders, academia, private sector, etc.

It’s due to this brief background that in 2015, Joy for Children Uganda in partnership with Butaleja district local government convened stake holders meeting in the district to develop an action plan to address issues of child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Butaleja district. As a follow up on the action plan and its implementation, another meeting was held on 8th June at Butaleja district headquarters to harmonize the entire process.

Objectives of the Meeting

  1. To present the draft action plan to the new leadership (District executive committee) to have their inputs and prioritize its implementation.
  2. To Review the action plan and adopt it for implementation.

The Meeting

The District Chairperson Mr. Waya Richard welcomed all the participants and thanked them for honoring the invitations to attend the meeting.

He highlighted on the purpose of the meeting and requested participants to actively input or subtract anything necessary in the action plan.

He requested Universal Health Development Foundation with always invite media during such important meetings such the rest of the world gets to know what is to going on and learn from others.

He informed the participants that he feels sad whenever Butaleja is named among the top District with high rates to child marriages, teenage pregnancies, maternal deaths, school drop outs all most all sectors.

He thanked JFCU for implementing activities that contribute to development and well-being of people in Butaleja District.

He urged participants to always welcome partners wherever they come to implement work in the District.

Action Plan

The draft action plan was presented, inputs and changes were made by participants and a final action plan was development. Some of the suggested action activities include;

  • Prosecution of perpetrators
  • Conducting radio Programmes
  • Conducting school outreaches in the district to openly talk about child Marriage and its consequences
  • Capacity Building for TOTs at S/C and school level
  • Conducting community dialogues on child marriage issue.
  • Conducting community dialogues on child marriage issue. this will be done on market days, prayers days and community Barazas
  • Making child marriage a discussion point on every district and sub county levels meetings and Monday Police parades and  
  • Follow up on child Marriage cases, Review Meetings about the progress of the project.

Keys Points to Note

  1. The District Chairperson Mr. Waya Richard advised the partners to always be flexible while implementing activities in the District.
  2. The District planner requested the partners to always follow proper systems when they need to get information from the District.
  3. The District Chairperson requested the partners to always disclose their work plans and budgets to avoid duplication of work.
  4. That for a partners to be recognized by the District they must be implementing suitable continuous projects and programs on grass roots.
  5. There should be review meetings for the implementation of this action plan on a quarterly basis to see the progress the project.  

Attachments:
Apr 28, 2016

Public Dialogue to End Child Marriage in Butaleja

This dialogue was organizes mainly to address two objectives which included;

       I.            To generate and document commitments, political will and strategies proposed by candidates towards ending child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Butaleja district once elected in their respective political positions.

    II.            To sensitize the community and create awareness about the dangers of child marriages and teenage pregnancies to both the individual families and the community at large.

Methodology:             

A week prior the day of the dialogue, we held a planning and security meeting with the district security, Resident district commissioner, office of the CAO, office of gender and child protection, representatives of the candidates among others, at the district headquarters. The aim of this meeting was to harmoniously plan for the event, rectify on the child marriage questions, plan for security since it was a season of political climax and distribute roles and responsibilities to every stakeholder.

The dialogue was conducted mainly in Lunyole (the local language) as the language of communication which enabled equal participation by all members. The Assistant Chief Administrative officer was the moderator of the dialogue assisted by a member from civil society organization. Each candidate was given maximum of 10 Minutes to make their submissions/views and 5 minutes to respond to questions related to child marriages.  In order to keep the dialogue focused, any question to a particular candidate was asked through the moderators.

The dialogue was broadcasted LIVE on Open Gate FM radio station which was chosen because of its wide coverage in the region and the most accessible and listened to by the majority community members in Butaleja district.


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