4th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Theme: Local Government and Service Delivery in Uganda: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward

Hashtag: #ESCRUg17

Save the date: 20th - 21st September 2017

Venue: Makerere University Main Hall


The aim of the 4th Conference is to contribute to public dialogue about local governance and service delivery in order to find solutions to the problems constraining effective service delivery by local governments.

Participant information and structure

The Conference is targeting up to 600 participants including policy makers, corporate actors, private sector, officers from independent statutory bodies, practitioners and activists, academics, researchers, development partners, community groups and members of the general public who will be directly involved in the conference. The wider population in Uganda will benefit indirectly from the outcomes of the conference. Participation in the conference is open to all members of the public, but key stakeholders and special interest groups will be targeted for specific invitations to provide particular input. The conference will comprise of Keynote speeches by eminent persons, panel discussions and plenaries. There will also be exhibitions by organizations working on ESCRs and documentary screenings.

Expected outcomes

The conference is expected to be agenda-setting, and to produce tangible outcomes, including but not limited to raising awareness about the relationship between local governance and the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights. This in addition to examining the challenges local governments face and finding practical solutions to these challenges. The Conference will generate a report summarising key debates and discussion, and a Resolution detailing key messages to policy makers resulting from the discussions at the Conference. Most importantly, however, the Conference intends to bring ESCRs into the larger national policy debates and increase knowledge and understanding about ESCRs in Uganda.