DONORS WELCOME M7 REOPENING OF DGF
By Mulengera Reporters
In a Monday media statement, the seven development partner countries that contribute towards the DGF basket funding have welcomed the President’s decision to halt the suspension of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF)-funded activities in Uganda.
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DGF (which will continue funding 80 state and non-state actors involved in doing work relating to good governance, human rights, access to justice, combating corruption and the strengthening of CSOs) was first established in Uganda in 2011 and impactfully operated up to February 2021 when a furious Gen Museveni suspended its activities.
And the Shs500bn program remained inoperative up to Wednesday 22nd June when the same Museveni lifted the suspension and announced the same via his Twitter account. Gen Museveni‘s announcement was preceded by a high level meeting between him and Fleming Moller Mortensen, who serves as Foreign Affairs Minister for Denmark which is a key player in the DGF operations in Uganda.
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In their Monday afternoon media release, whose authenticity was subsequently confirmed to Mulengera News by Danish Ambassador Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, the seven DGF-contributing countries welcomed the lifting of the suspension and looked forward to a more harmonious working relationship with both the GoU and non-state actors mainly civil society organizations (CSOs). The seven countries include Austria, Denmark, the EU, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
In their statement, the development partners also implored the GoU to expedite the nomination and presentation of people or officials who will be representing it on the DGF governing Board and Steering Committee. This representation was one of the concessions the GoU squeezed from the DGF funders during the negotiations that preceded the suspension.
Speaking in a separate interview with Mulengera News, Ambassador Petersen expressed optimism the names of GoU representatives will be coming through “very soon” so that work begins in earnest. He also hinted on the fact that beyond December 2022 (when the current DGF phase, which began in January 2018, will be ending), the development partners will continue funding related interventions but under a new program that will be unveiled to replace DGF.
Similar areas will be supported but under a different name which Ambassador Petersen said will be agreed upon after comprehensive consultations between them on one hand and the GoU and CSOs on the other. He said for now emphasis will be on how to work together to get the best out of the remaining 6 months between now and December after which a new arrangement will be agreed upon and appropriately communicated to the people of Uganda whose interests DGF is ultimately here to serve. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).