This study on the review of Uganda’s progress on SDG 16+ was conducted in May 2020 to complement Government efforts - ahead of its Voluntary National Review (VNR) reported, presented to the High Level Political Forum in 2020.
By committing itself to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Uganda has embraced the aim of ensuring a peaceful, just and inclusive Uganda. A study by CECORE in partnership with GPPAC on progress achieved on peace related SDG goals and targets, commonly called SDG 16+, in highlighted two key findings. First, Uganda has an enabling legal, policy and a comprehensive coordination framework for the SDGs overall. Second, although the government has made notable progress on a number of SDGs, progress on SDG16+ has stagnated. This is worrying because SDG16+ and achieving a peaceful Uganda is a key pre-requisite and central pillar for the realization of all the SDGs. The prevalence of violent conflicts, inequalities and injustices curtails the country’s development aspirations and the achievement of the SDGs. Other challenges include low awareness on the SDGs, lack of meaningful participation, and low prioritisation of peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
To accelerate SDG 16+ progress, peacebuilding and conflict prevention must be prioritised. This includes finalising and passing a national Peace Policy, awareness raising on SDG 16+, greater participation of stakeholders to enhance accountability of duty bearers at local and national levels, capacitating relevant prevention and peacebuilding structures, and promoting the contextual localisation of SDG 16+. Particular attention should be paid to human security as well as achieving gender equity, women’s rights and engaging youth and other vulnerable groups as partners.
As part of our next steps, we plan to embark on SDG localisation – by applying the SDG localisation model that we developed during the study – starting with Kaabong district, as well as engaging in dialogue with various actors to discuss ways of implementing our study recommendations, key SDG16+ related recommendations/key issues in the official government Voluntary National Review report – 2020 and CSO rejoinder concerns.