KAMPALA, The Swedish government, through its embassy in Kampala, has set aside a total of 11.85 billion Ugandan shillings (about 3.56 million US doillars) to kick-start the Connecting Voices of Citizens civic education project.

The funds will help in the setting up of offices to carry out work on the programme for the next four years. The programme is aimed at connecting and strengthening the voices of citizens and change agents in prompting an open and democratic Uganda.

Launching the programme here Thursday, Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Urban Anderson explained that it was part of the Swedish government's goals of creating an avenue through which people could ably present their concerns to the public.

The programme involves analysis of the operating context of civil society and change agents which shows the need for an increased civic and democratic space for increased transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and improved social service delivery.

The programme was co-created by the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HiVOS) and some partners in Uganda, to bring together a consortium of actors comprising for civil society organizations, media, and government agencies, among others.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Stephen Kagoda, said that information from government institutions had failed to reach intended beneficiaries because of poor communications channels.

"All over the place there is always lots of information but sometimes that information doesn't reach the intended beneficiary, and by the time it reaches, it is distorted," said Kagoda.



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