Ensuring good service delivery
Social accountability is critical for farmers like other citizens as it helps their active participation in designing, formulation and implementation of pro-poor livelihood programs development, policies, and alignment of future expenditure to sector priorities and absorption capacities at lower local governments. It is however noting that there is limited spaces for small scale farmers’ involvement in social accountability processes leading to poor service delivery. ESAFF Uganda enhances budget transparency and build’s small-scale farmers’ capacity to demand accountability.
Our work in social accountability
Influencing agriculture financing
ESAFF Uganda is increasing farmers’ participation in influencing government on agriculture financing focusing on targets in line with the 2014 Malabo Declaration i.e. small-scale farmers in 2018 petitioned the EALA at the EAC to hold the national governments accountable on the 10% national budget allocation to the agriculture sector. ESAFF Uganda does this through research, collecting farmers’ voices and budget analysis for strategic allocation of resources i.e. ATNR budget processes etc.
Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) tool
Few small-scale farmers, especially women in rural areas, know that they have a right to hold the government accountable. ESAFF Uganda has built the capacity of over 9500 small-scale farmers to enhance their budget literacy, effective participation, monitoring service delivery and demanding accountability from lower local governments to national level. To achieve this, ESAFF Uganda uses the Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) tool that empowers small-scale farmers including women to identify particular projects funded by the government then track them. Small-scale farmers then write a report which is shared with local government officials as well as small-scale farmers in the communities. To be able to track the budget, ESAFF Uganda simplifies and shares budget information with small-scale farmers i.e. budgeting cycle from the local governments. This process has built confidence of women to engage with local leaders and hold them accountable. Women and men in many of our member districts are tracking public expenditure on services that particularly affect them.