Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) Stakeholder Dialogue
On 30th April 2022, The UCCA with its member Food Rights Alliance convened a round table discussion targeting, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Lands, Local Government, Uganda Investment Authority, civil society organisations and land actors to deliberate on the need to include FPIC in the legal and policy frameworks of Uganda for effective promotion of FPIC. This meeting was held in line with Objective 3 of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights which aims to promote meaningful and effective participation and respect for consent by relevant stakeholders in business operations. The discussion was focused on Strategy 3 on Promoting FPIC for communities in all business operations and specifically providing for review and enactment of laws guaranteeing FPIC, particularly ensuring meaningful consultations with vulnerable groups, such as women, persons with disabilities, indigenous persons, ethnic minorities and persons living with HIV and AIDS. It was agreed that the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development takes lead in ensuring existence of a legal framework that highlights Free Prior and Informed Consent in line with the commitments laid out in the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.