Wednesday, 9 April 2014


 Q: What is your role as Programme Support Manager of the IDF?
A.     My role is to provide leadership in IDF grant management in line with the Fund’s policies, procedures and regulations. The work includes coordinating and facilitating the grants selection process, monitoring the implementation of grantees' projects and to some extent managing relationships with project stakeholders.
Q: How long have you been working in such a role and what experience do you bring to the team?
A.     I have worked on similar roles for a period of over ten (10) years and I bring along experience in the dynamics of Project Cycle Management. I also think that my experience working with similar programmes in the fields of Good governance and CSOs are valuable assets for my work as part of the IDF team.

Q: In what ways do you see the IDF contributing to good governance and respect for human rights in Uganda particularly at the community levels?

A.     IDF’s contribution is basically technical, institutional and grants support to enhance observance, protection and fulfilment of human rights and good governance. It is not possible to achieve good governance without addressing issues regarding the protection of human rights. The IDF contribution is directed through civil society organisations working with and at the community levels with the end beneficiaries being the ‘local’ level communities. This kind of support facilitates the development of constructive engagement of communities, as well as strengthens contacts between communities and decision-makers (District Authorities).

Q: What are some of the strategies that the IDF-grantees employ to promote partnerships with the District Authorities and various sectors at the National Level?

A.     Many of IDF Grantees come on board when they have already established a working relationship within their districts of operation.  As they receive funds form IDF for specific projects, they strengthen these relations for the effective running of the Projects. Whereas many Grantees have signed Memorandum of Understanding        (MOUs) to be clear on each party’s expectations and requirements, others have continued active participation and engagement in district   budgeting and planning processes. I believe that one common denominator for the IDF Grantees that has achieved good partnerships is that they have been able to create and communicate win-win situations. It is important that both the Grantees and the Districts’ authorities recognize that cooperation and partnership is mutually beneficial

Q: How do you view the (IDF) Programmes Progress?

A.     IDF is surely evolving very fast. Projects supported through IDF are progressing well, and there are many samples of good results. At the same time one must remember that realising good governance and responsive authorities towards Human rights violations takes time. The things that I am most encouraged by are the many cases of improved cooperation and increased trust between local governments and communities/Grantees that the supported projects have resulted in, this is very promising for the future.