At least 36 government entities have failed to hit the 50% compliance mark for gender-responsive budgets.
Under the Public Finance Management Act, all government ministries, departments and agencies must present their policy statements with a Gender and Equity Certificate of Compliance. This is to ensure that the statements are gender and equity responsive, specifying measures taken to equalize opportunities for men, women, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups.
According to information from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) presented before the Budget committee on May 3, 2017, the budgets drafted by the 36 entities are below the 50% compliance mark.
The minimum qualifying score for ministerial policy statements set by EOC is 50%.
They include three public universities namely Makerere University, Mbarara University and Kabale University.
The policy statements for missions in Tanzania, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Denmark, Somalia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China, Sudan, Rwanda, Germany, Washington, Ankara, Russia, Juba, Japan, Geneva, Nigeria, Italy, Belgium, Iran, Bujumbura, Canada, Canberra, Libya, England, France and New York also failed to hit the 50% mark.
Mombasa and Guangzhou are the only consulates which are listed among the non-compliant votes, while Lira Referral Hospital, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) are also listed.
The missions in Germany, Rwanda, Sudan, China and Makerere University are the worst performing institutions below 16%.
Sylvia Ntambi, the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) also presented a list of the most compliant ministries and agencies.
The Ministry of Gender is top on the list of institutions which complied with the gender and equity requirement at 91%, Equal Opportunities Commission (90%), KCCA (78%), Ministry of Education (78%), Ministry of Health (75%), Arua Referral Hospital (73%), Parliamentary Commission (73%), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (71%), Uganda Prisons Service (71%) and Uganda Land Commission (70%).
Ntambi tasked the Budget committee not to approve the budgets of the non-compliant institutions until their policy statement
Amos Lugolobi, the committee chairperson said the committee has given the institutions one week to look into the commission’s demands, failure of which their budgets will not be passed.