Transparency International (TI) Uganda established in 1993, has been involved in mobilising the citizenry and other civic groups to engage in the anti-corruption agenda. Critical to this was the formation of the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (AACU). TI Uganda has built capacity of civil society and the private sector and has produced a myriad of publications aimed at building a knowledge base for anti-corruption activists. In 2006, the organisation formed and spearheaded the Coalition for Election Finance Monitoring (CEFIM), which monitored campaign financing and abuse of public resources by incumbent candidates.
In an effort to address the problem of inadequate social accountability in the health sector, TIU has embarked on a project “Empowering communities through ICT to demand for better health service delivery.” The project aims to reduce rates of absenteeism of health workers; increase participation of communities in monitoring the functionality of health centers and advocate for policies to improve health service delivery in Northern Uganda.
The project will involve working with existing structure like VHTs (Village health teams) and health management committees and empowering Voluntary Accountability Communities (VACs) for each health centre that will enable community members to supervise their health centres, demand for transparency and accountability as well as report issues of absenteeism while involving other members to get involved in monitoring of health workers. TIU will further deploy the “Service pact” participation tool to empower citizens sign pacts with duty bearers to commit themselves to curb absenteeism. Through the use of the mobile phone –SMS and FM radio stations and toll free call center; the project will mobilize masses to demand for better health service delivery in Northern Uganda. For details, please visit: http://tiuganda.org/