PARISH DEVELOPMENT MODEL ON MINDSET CHANGE, COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION TO DELIVER DESIRED SUCCESS

As Uganda moves to attain middle income status and vision 2040, the Parish Development Model (PDM) is one of the most popular strategic interventions chorused by the Government to deliver the triumph. It is a strategy for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as the lowest economic planning unit.

Premised on the notion that demystifying grassroots issues, Parish Development Committee (PDC) under the PDM will work together with the common citizens in the village and end users of social services to best to identify and respond to their own needs, priorities and direct the use of resources. The Parish Development Model builds foundation and strategy on seven pillars to deliver the desired outcome of socio-economic transformation.

Production, storage, processing and marketing; Under this pillar, the government aims at supporting the creation of more production jobs and wealth for all Ugandans especially in Agro-Industrialization, Private sector Development, Digital Transformation and Manufacturing Programmes

Infrastructure and Economic Services ;Under this pillar, the governments aims at ensuring that there are accessible community roads, improvement of check points/bridges on community roads, upgrading of community local markets, extension of safe water for domestic use, extension of power to communities, creation of free internet zones in communities, extension of the National internet infrastructure to the sub county, putting in place appropriate staffing to support ICT function in local governments and developing appropriate e-services to support the PDM.

Financial Inclusion; under this pillar, the government aims at enabling participation of subsistence households in the financial sector and hence the money economy. It also aims at improving access to financial services for households and equipping them with skills for enterprise growth, value addition and marketing of their products and services, supporting a wide range of financial solutions which include savings, credit, insurance, transfers to subsistence household in order to enhance incomes, smoothen consumption, build assets and reduce vulnerability to shocks.

Social Services; under social services, the resources transferred will be used to construct and equip health Centre (HCII), recruit critical staff as well as extension workers needed, strengthen infrastructure/facilities management, provide and maintain safe and accessible water points, support functional village Health Teams (VHT), construct/upgrade community primary schools and provide logistics and equipment for institutions which include schools, hospitals and health centers.

Parish based Management Information System; this is an integrated system that seeks to support community profiling, data collection, analysis, tabulation, storage and dissemination at the Parish level. This will support planning and decision making at the grassroots and also national level. MoLG is the overall lead agency for the PBMIS and is responsible for the reporting on PDM.

Governance and administration; this pillar is responsible for implementation aspects of the PDM, by providing for coordination and implementing structures as well as functions at National and Sub National level. The national level structures will focus at policy formulation and reporting, while subnational level structures provide for operations at frontline.

Mindset change, community mobilization and cross cutting issues

With the purpose to achieve realistic planning, implementation, resource utilization and management as well as reporting and accountability processes, the seventh pillar (in the brochure) focuses on adoption of the right way of thinking and opinions of public sector officials at all levels, private sector players and communities.

Under mindset, aspects like attitude, behavior, action and success are cross-examined. It has objectives which include; enhancing effective mobilization of families, communities and citizens for household economic empowerment, strengthen capacity of Local Governments, CSOs, CBOs, NGOs and the private sector for effective mobilization of communities, enhancing financial literacy for household(financial literacy strategy), enhancing participation and ownership of community initiatives, enhancing household capacity in identifying local resources for addressing their needs and promoting national values and reduce negative cultural practices and attitudes.

The new Parish Development Model, government has identified 18 commodities to be grown by individuals to be marketed both locally and internationally. The commodities in question will include; cocoa, coffee, fish, cotton, dairy, beef, cassava, bananas, tea, beans, vegetable oils, avocado, Shia nut, rice, cashew nuts, sugarcane, maize and others.

 

By Grace Turyatunga

All Round Consult Uganda Ltd.

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