Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 12487
Country/Region: Uganda
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Not Available
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

According to the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 56 percent of Uganda's 27.4 million people are under 18 years of age. Single or double orphans total 2.3 million children making up 15 percent of the total child population. An estimated 7,583,675 children (45%) are considered vulnerable. HIV/AIDS, is the root cause of approximately 46% of orphans and the rest are orphaned and or vulnerable primarily due to conflict. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) is mandated by the Government of Uganda to lead, manage and coordinate programmes and services for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children. Specifically, the MGLSD is responsible for Policy formulation and Strategic direction, Planning and coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation, Quality Assurance and Improvement, capacity building and technical support to Local governments, CSOs and FBOs, resource mobilization and management, communication and advocacy and assessment and documentation.

Both UNICEF and USAID have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Labor, Social Development (MGLSD) to improve the quality of lives of orphans and other vulnerable children, especially those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. This partnership between UNICEF, USAID and the Government of Uganda has provided both local (district government) and central (MGLSD) technical support to interventions to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on the lives of the most vulnerable children in Uganda through the development of the National OVC Policy (NOP) and the attendant National Strategic Program Plan of Interventions (NSPPI) for OVC, the development of National Quality Standards for the Protection, Care and Support of OVC, initiating a management information system and development of various other national training guidelines and manuals. UNICEF has also supported the MGLSD to develop child participation guidelines and worked with the Ministry at national and sub-national levels to develop and implement a capacity building program for child protection. By working together as counterparts, UNICEF, USAID and the Government of Uganda have provided a framework and guided the interventions for OVC across the country with lessons learnt from the process and outcomes being shared across the sub-Saharan region.

Since 2004, USAID, through the CORE Initiative and other development partners, has supported the MGLSD in developing the following tools, standards and guidelines for strengthening the national OVC program:

The National OVC Policy (NOP)

The National Strategic Programme Plan of Interventions

The National Support Supervision Guide for OVC Programmes

The National OVC Quality Standards

The National OVC Service Quality Standards-Guidelines for Implementers

The toolkit for Assessing and Improving Quality of Interventions for OVC service delivery

The National OVC Programme Performance Indicators

The National M & E system including data collection and reporting modules and tools

The Guide for Community Mapping of OVC

Capacity Assessment and Analysis tool for OVC CSOs

The Advocacy Strategy for MGLSD OVC Program

However, despite the progress, the response to the OVC situation to date is not commensurate with the magnitude of the need. There is still limited progress in coverage, reach and impact of services to the most vulnerable children and their households. The current national strategic program plan of interventions (NSPPI) for OVC response (2004 - 2005) has expired and a new one has to be developed and disseminated to all stakeholders. At the same time, a new monitoring and evaluation plan needs to be devloped and disseminated. UNICEF, in partnership with USAID, will support the MGLSD to maintain the focus of the national response.

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $0


1. UNICEF builds and enhances the capacity of the MGLSD to lead and coordinate a functioning multi-sectoral national OVC response that is linked to district coordination mechanisms and directed by an updated National Strategic Program Plan of Interventions (NSPPI) for OVC

2. UNICEF strengthens the capacity of the MGSLD to routinely utilize data from the OVC MIS (and other relevant data sources) to inform central planning and to monitor and evaluate the OVC response.

3. UNICEF supports the MGSLD through advocacy strategies to increase the GOU budget allocation for the OVC response

Illustrative intermediate results:

OVC secretariat in MGLSD in consultation with all stakeholders develop the new priorities for NSPPI (2);

Technical Resource Committee (TRC) and Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) guide and coordinate the NSPPI development process are constituted;

National and regional consultative meetings with relevant Ministries, local governments, agencies, children and stakeholders to participate in the NSPPI (2) development process are organized and conducted;

A national level consensus workshop to discuss and approve the new draft NSPPI (2) and M&E plan is organized and a National OVC Steering Committee Meeting to endorse the final version of the NSPPI (2) is held;

MGLSD institutional capacity to utilize the OVC MIS strengthened;

Semi-annual and annual reports generated and routinely discussed in national coordination committees to inform planning and management at national and district level;

MGLSD staff trained, where needed, in OVC MIS;

A functional national coordination mechanism is established to regularly review progress and performance against planned interventions and redirect investments by different development partners;

The national coordination mechanism is linked to district OVC coordination mechanisms;

Lessons learned and best practices are shared with other partners supporting coordination to ensure a continuum of care for OVC and their families; and

The MGLSD budget allocation for OVC activities at central level and to district substantially increases.

End of project Deliverables:

NSPPI (2) and M&E plan 2009/10 2014/15 is developed and approved by the Minister of Gender Labor and Social Development to guide the national OVC response in the next five years

NSPPI (2) and M&E plan is disseminated to all stakeholders and local governments for use in planning and implementation of OVC programs at community, district and national levels.

Subpartners Total: $0
To Be Determined: NA