On 31st January, 2019, Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) hosted a pre-budget dialogue at Hotel Africana from 7am to 11 am. This dialogue will drew over 100 representatives from MDAs, Legislators, Civil Society, Academia, Media, Village Budget Clubs, District technocrats and the general public.

Themed; ‘2019/20 Budget; who’s in, who’s out!’, this dialogue provided an opportunity  to the various stakeholders to discuss lessons learnt from the 2018/19 budget and the measures highlighted in the 2019/20 National Budget Framework Paper (NBFP) to equalise opportunities for women, men, persons with disabilities and other marginalised groups. There were passionate and outspoken speakers that highlighted their different concerns with topics ranging from menstrual health management, education, and gender equality with concerns about getting men involved as all these issues eventually affect them too.

Bits of information and quotes from participants were also shared online under the hashtags #prebudget19 and #GenderBudget  

On an annual basis, FOWODE analyses the national budget for a gender responsive perspective to establish the extent to which women, men, boys and girls will benefit from the allocations and make policy recommendations to the legislators prior to the approval of the National Budget.

As a result of the dialogue, it is expected that a communique highlighting policy recommendations to equalise measures for women, men, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups for the FY 2019/20 will be developed to be shared with legislators/ policy makers.

The format of discussion involved participation from the audience and a panel discussion. Some of the topics to be discussed include;

  1. A review of the 2018/19 Budget: What lessons can we learn?
  2. The economic performance of Uganda: Is the middle income status a reality or mirage?
  3. Inclusive growth and development: How critical is gender and equity towards Uganda’s growth and development? 

Panellists included; Dr. Fred Muhumuza who worked as an Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda and for the past twenty years has been involved in development policy research, analysis, formulation and review.

Other panelists were Margaret N. Kakande Head of gender mainstreaming Ministry of Finance Learning and Economic Development, Ali Kaviri team leader at Youth Equality Centre (YEC) , Lydia Namaganda a Senior Woman teacher and the moderator for this dialogue is none other than NTV’s Joel Ssenyonyi a broadcaster at NTV and Power FM.

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