Annual Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The idea of an Annual Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was born in 2014, at the behest of Government processes that flagged the need for constitutional reforms. The Conference was at the time conceived as a forum to advocate for the inclusion of economic, social and cultural rights in the Constitution.

At the 1st Conference in September 2014, the question of the justifiability of ESCRs took center stage. The 2nd Conference in September 2015 confronted the subject of the state of socio-economic services, focusing particularly on the issue of exclusion and vulnerability. The subject of development planning and use of the Human Rights Based Approach featured prominently at the 2nd Conference. The subject of business and human rights was flagged as a serious issue. One of the outcomes of the 2nd Conference was the birth of the Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA) including a decision that the 3rd Conference should address the subject of business and human rights, thus the theme of the Conference It is against this background that the theme of the Conference should be understood. The Theme was informed by the fact that some businesses have responded to human rights challenges by engaging in corporate social accountability. The 4th Conference dealt with the role of local government in service delivery. The 5th Conference dealt with the critical issue around SDGs. The 6th conference was held under the theme strengthening Access to Justice for economic social and cultural rights. The 7th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights had a theme on Election Promises, Political Accountability and Service Delivery: A Reality Check.

The 8th Annual Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Theme: Reclaiming Public Services for Inclusive and Sustainable Socio-economic Recovery after Covid 19

Save the date: 15th to 16th September 2021

Venue: Imperial Royale Hotel

Objectives:

    1. To deliberate on the effective strategies for attaining inclusive and sustainable socio-economic recovery post COVID-19;
    2. To highlight the importance of quality and accessible public services as a key strategy for socio-economic recovery;
    3. To assess the efficacy of the current National Development Plan III in guiding socio-economic recovery;
    4. To examine the role of the international community – including International Finance Institutions in the recovery process.

Expected Outcomes:

It is hoped that the Conference will make short and long term recommendations on building back better in an inclusive and equitable manner. Specifically, the conference will contribute to ensuring that public services are strengthened, more especially now during recovery from the pandemic. This will be achieved through the discussion of the lessons learnt from COVID-19 and how we can build resilient public service systems. The Conference is expected to act as a platform for networking by different stakeholders working on different public services and ESCRs. The conference will have online platforms (twitter & face book) where the public will be able to participate and give their views during the discussions. It will also be telecast live on a local TV station for at least two hours for each of the two days so as to reach out to a wider population.

The organisers