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What does the acronym UDN stand for?

UDN was first formed in 1996, as the Uganda Debt Network, an ad hoc coalition of organizations and individuals to campaign for debt relief under the Highly Indebted Poor countries (HIPCs) initiative of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 1998, UDN was registered as a
non-governmental organization (NGO) under the NGO Registration Statute and started operating. In 1999, UDN was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company with no share capital under the Company Law 1964.

What is Uganda Debt Network?

Uganda Debt Network is an advocacy and lobbying coalition of non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals. When the organization started, its primary focus was to the campaign for debt relief. To date, UDN has three main programmes namely: a) Governance and Rights, b) Capacity Building and Empowerment and c) Institutional and Organizational Development. These areas enable the organization to engage with its constituents and stakeholders at higher levels of advocacy and policy influencing and continue to guide UDN's mandate, purpose and mission.

What is the main mission of UDN?

The overall mission of the UDN is: “To have a prosperous Uganda, with equitable development and a high quality of life for the people”.

What areas does the UDN deal in?

Community Participation and Empowerment Programme:
  Under this programme, UDN aims at enhancing Civil Society credibility and capacity to deliver on their strategic poverty reduction advocacy interventions as well as increasing citizens’ participation in policy design, planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the utilization of public resources and policies, for improved quality in the delivery of public services.

Governance and Rights Programme:

This programme works to ensure that citizens’ oversight of public resource generation, management and utilization is strengthened to enhance public accountability, access to, and efficient delivery of services. The programme activities are operationalized through 3 sub-components, namely:

i) Policy Analysis and Socio-Economic Research: Conducts research on the impact of external and national debt on poverty reduction strategies and suggest alternatives for equitable development.

ii) Anti-Corruption Advocacy: Carries out advocacy work aimed at combating corruption, abuse of office and wastage of public resources to improve governance. The programme also deals in human rights advocacy.

iii) Budget Advocacy Initiative: Advocates for pro-poor budgeting, prudent budget management systems and citizens’ participation in the Budget process.

How can I help UDN?

  • Become an active member and supporter and contribute ideas and articles for UDN publications.
  • Promote the objective and values of UDN and contribute funds

How Do I become a member?

Membership is open to the public. A subscription fee is charged for membership, which defers according to type of organization or individual as shown below.

Type of membership Membership fees (annual) Subscription fees (annual)
Endowment Fund (payable once) Voting Status
Full members Individual $100  $50 $80 Voting
Insitutional $100  $100 $200 Voting
Affiliate members Individual $100  $25 - Non-voting
Institutional $100  $75 - Non-voting
Grassroots groups $100  $10 - Non-voting
Youth and students $100  - - Non-voting
Honorary members Individuals -  - Optional Non-voting
Corporate Organizations -  - Optional

How do members benefit from UDN?

All registered and paid members are eligible to attend the Annual General Meeting. However, for purposes of election, only full members are eligible to stand and be elected to office. In addition all registered and paid members are entitled to a complimentary copy of all UDN publications.

How do I pay for the membership?

Payment can be both by cheque or cash. All cheques should be written in the names of Uganda Debt Network. Cash or cheque payments must be paid at the UDN Secretariat Offices and a receipt obtained or deposited on the organisaztion accoutn. A form duly filled and signed by the applicant must accompany all payments. Members who pay for three years in advance receive a discount of 15%. This means that when you are submitting the registration forms and payment you deduct the discount amount. In case payment is received without deduction, the amount is calculated as a calculation to the endowment fund.

UDN Bank Account details:

Account Name:       Uganda Debt Network

Bank:                      Bank of Baroda, Main Branch on Kampala Road

Account Number:   95010200000363

What has UDN achieved since its inception?

Over the past years, UDN has engaged in a series of dialogues with various organs of the Government aimed at clarifying the various issues concerning good governance, management of public resources and the pressing need to reduce high levels of poverty in our society. Below are some of the recognizable achievements:

  • UDN has empowered citizens to deepen their understanding of government policies, which has enabled them to effectively hold their leaders and other public servants to account.
  • Working with community groups has built the capacity of citizens to enable them to become active participants in local governance, and has enhanced community monitors’ ability to articulate policy and governance issues.
  • The close working relationships existing between UDN and key government agencies like Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity has enabled UDN to have a platform in policy making forums, and to access key information.
  • The strategic alliances between monitoring committees and various councils and departments have facilitated community monitoring work.
  • The UDN policy Review Newsletter has continued to be a source of high quality policy analysis and debate for both policy formulators, implementations and the entire public.
  • UDN actively contributed to the second revision of the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) in 2003/04 as a member of the CSO Working Group that produced the CSO Paper on the PEAP. The paper influenced the content of the PEAP and as published for wider dissemination to the public.
  • UDN has been at the forefront of the campaign for open, accountable and transparent government. The organization is a founder member of the Anti-Corruption Coalition of Uganda (ACCU), which was set up in 1999 as a loose alliance of civilsociety organizations and individuals to campaign for a corruption-freeUganda. UDN hosted the ACCU Secretariat for the first two years afterits inception. Since 2003, ACCU has become a fully registered and autonomous organization with its own Secretariat offices and has becomea strategic partner of UDN in the anti-corruption crusade. UDN has facilitated the formation of other strategic allies and partners suchas the Eastern Region Advocacy Coalition (ERAC) and Busoga Anti-Corruption Coalition (BAC) in the fight against corruption at the locallevel.
  • As part of its anti-corruption activities, UDN undertakes a series of public education activities both at national and local levels. The impact of this campaign at the grassroots contributed immensely to the formation of the Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (CBMES) that is now being replicated by other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in different districts. At the national level, the campaign influenced the enactment of the Access to Public Information Act by Parliament in December 2004.

Who does UDN work with?

UDN has established close working linkages with key stakeholders that include

  • Central and Local Governments
  • Grassroots organizations
  • The media
  • Local/National Civil Society Organizations
  • International Civil Society Organizations

Is UDN a donor agency? If yes, how can one access funds? And if no, where does it get funds to administer its work?

No, UDN is not a donor agency. It attracts its funding support from various organizations. These include:

  • The Democratic Governance Facility
  • Concern Uganda
  • Christian Aid
  • The World Bank
  • Save the Children
  • Trocaire
  • DanChurchAid
  • Development Cooperation Ireland
  • Inspectorate of Government
  • Hivos
  • Cordaid
  • Care Uganda
  • Oxfam
  • Veco Uganda
  • Action Aid
  • MS Uganda
  • Danida HUGGO

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