Transparency International Uganda (TIU) is a national chapter of Transparency International – The global coalition against corruption. TIU is a registered NGO with the Uganda NGO Bureau contributing towards a corruption free Uganda where the citizens actively condemn corruption and demand for accountability while leaders and public officials uphold the principles of good governance. TIUs’ jurisdiction is country wide and addresses all forms of corruption with specific emphasis on grand and political corruption.
The organization was founded in 1993 as a pressure group to bring together peoples’ voluntary initiatives to enhance accountability, transparency and integrity among all Ugandans. In 1996, TIU attained its accreditation as a national chapter to Transparency International whose Headquarters are in Berlin Germany.
As a member of the global anti-corruption movement, TIU is an active contributor to the TI strategic goals namely, promotion of national anti-corruption reform through concrete research and action, increasing the understanding of the link between corruption and poverty, sensitizing the general public to demand for good governance and promoting continuous institutional development.
Map of TIU’s Specific Geographical Scope
TIUs Mode of Implementation;
The organization employs a participatory approach of working with and through citizens and its partners to create a corruption free society. TIU works with state institutions such as The Parliament of Uganda, Inspectorate of Government, The Uganda Police Force, Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets, Office of the Auditor General, The Judiciary, the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity as a modus operandi in promoting transparency and accountability in public institutions of Uganda. It espouses the use of Voluntary Accountability Committees (VACs) drawn from the local communities, Technical Working Groups (TWGs) drawn from government institutions, and partner CSOs. From such a holistic approach TIU has been able to make progress in addressing matters of corruption by emphasizing transparency and accountability of public institutions.
Organizational Thematic Areas
Promoting Transparency and Accountability in key socio-economic service delivery sectors
This Thematic areas has five (5) projects; Improving quality of lives of Ugandans through improved governance and accountability, improved governance and extractive industry transparency, ICT for Health service delivery, Enhancing local government service delivery and Enhancing Accountability and Performance of social service Contracts in Uganda.
Projects under this thematic area are geared towards promoting transparency and accountability at Central and Local Government in Uganda. The thematic area aims at strengthening accountability in public institutions at national level through partnering with Ministries and national accountability institutions. It also aims at promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability in service delivery with particular emphasis on health, education, local government, finance and production sector. These projects have targeted districts in greater Masaka region, Hoima, Buliisa, Moroto, Nakapiripiriti, Lira, Oyam, Apach, Mubende, Nakaseke, Mityana, Nebbi, Ntungamo and Kampala.
Strengthening Accountability in Democratic Processes;
This strategic area is geared towards strengthening the already existing laws but also promoting democracy as a form of good governance through empowering citizens to effectively understand the electoral process, monitor and report electoral malpractices.
Enhanced Citizen Participation in the governance of Natural Resource
The environmental degradation in Uganda is progressing at a very alarming rate. Environmental conservation to date remains a very critical issue. Exploitation of minerals has led to many hazards such as displacement of people, health hazards, land wrangles among others. This is taking place despite the fact that many laws and guidelines exits to guide whatever action is taken.
This strategy aims at empowering citizens and other stakeholders to understand the various laws governing the management of natural resources, monitor their application and engage duty bearers to address the gaps that may be identified. TIU has partnered with several like minded CSOs and duty bearers to conduct in the delivery of interventions under this strategy.
TIUs Institutional Capacity Strengthened;
In order for TIU to become more efficient in delivering the above strategies, the organization seeks to strengthen her resources and management systems so as to generate the financial resources that will in turn support the organization to perform several other functions such as; building staff capacity, acquisition of assets, development and updating of internal systems and expansion of programs among others