Gender and Community Development

The mission of the departments is to mobilize and empower the people of Kabarole District for rapid political, social and economic development.

The above mission is achieved through the strategies of raising awareness on all development issues among the population, encouraging the formation and functioning of social and economic groups, ensuring the protection and development of disadvantaged groups (children, orphans, the aged/elderly, disabled, women, youth, and workers, and preserving, protecting, promoting and presenting our cultural heritage.

Situation Analysis

At District Level there are four sections manned by Senior Officers coordinated by the District Community Development Officer, they are;

  • Mugisha David              :         District Community Development Officer &

Gender, Culture & Community Development

Office

  • Shamillah Kakunguru :         Probation, Youth and Children Affairs section
  • Monday Christopher :         Labour and Industrial Relations section
  • Tabu Alex :         Elderly and Disability Section

The department also has a Driver as a support staff at district level.

At Sub county level there are supposed to be a Community Development Officer with a degree and an Assistant Officer with a diploma. Presently there are Eighteen Community Development Officers and Thirteen Assistants. Some of the Community Development Officers have been assigned roles of acting Sub county Chiefs.

The department also has 6 positions of Senior Community Development officers at Town Council level filled.

Major Social problems

The major problems that the department has to deal with include; A large population of Orphans and Vulnerable Children-OVCs estimated at 50,798 (14.2%) of the population in Kabarole of which 27396 (53.9%) are females and 23,402 (46.1) are males. 44,606 (90.6) of the above orphans are living in rural areas while 6792 (9.4%) are in the municipality, illiteracy rate approximately at 38%, a large number of child abuse and neglect cases, over 10% of the population being disabled and without rehabilitation programmes, School Dropout rates at 34%, 16% of women married  by age of 15 & 53% by age 18, high rate of Gender Based violence; 28% of women  have ever experienced sexual violence compared to 9% of the men, a total Fertility rate of 6.7 per children  per woman and a high rate of HIV/AIDS estimated at over 11% which is above the national average, high un employment and lack of skills by the youth, an over burdened and neglected elderly population which takes care of the large number of orphans.

 Major policies and programmes addressing the above issues

The major policies and programmes in place to address the above problems include; The National Orphans and other vulnerable children Policy, disability Policy, the Elderly Policy, Gender Policy,  the National HIV/AIDS Policy, the Children Act, Functional Adult Literacy Programme(FAL), Operation Wealth Creation(OWC), Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP), and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Enterprise Programme (UWEP). At District level strategies include; Production & Natural Resources Ordinance, and Community Mobilization and Empowerment strategy for development at all levels

  Funding

 Funding of activities in the department is from various sources namely; Kabarole District Administration, FAL Program, Community Development Workers Fund, Youth, Women and PWDs Councils’ Conditional Grants, and Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Enterprise Programme (UWEP).

 

Production and Natural Resources

The department is composed of Wetland, valuation, physical planning, land management, Environment and Forestry sections.

1.1 Goal of the department: To improve the quality of life of the people of Kabarole District through promotion of efficient and sustainable use of its natural resources.

 1.2 Mission of the department

To promote sustainable use of Natural Resources for economic, social and cultural activities.

 ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER DIFFERENT SECTIONS

ENVIRONMENT SECTION

Good Environmental management is a key component of sustainable development; if Environment and natural resources are well managed then they can be used by the present and future generations. Environment is mainly described by the state of atmospheric resources, water resources and wetlands, biodiversity and ecosystem health, land resources, fisheries resources, human settlement and infrastructure and energy resources.  These resources play a pivotal role in the realization of sustainable development.  The environment sector contributes to the productivity of other sectors especially agriculture, industry and fisheries by providing natural assets from a sustainable natural resource base.  It also reduces the public cost of providing particular services.

 SOME OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER ENVIRONMENT SECTION

 Started restoration process of 4.3 hectares of wetlands in the sub counties of Ruteete, Bukuuku, Hakibale and Town councils of Kiko and Karago. This is in addition to what was restored in the previous year and is now regenerating as seen in the pictures below.

  1. Inspected 121 environmentally sensitive ecosystems in the district to ascertain their conservation status.
  2. Started a pilot project of planting commercial Bamboos in the wetland as an alternative use of wetlands and Evicted over 12 encroacher from wetlands.
  3. Assessed and monitored implementation of 16 government and private projects to ensure that they are compliant with environmental policies and regulations.
  4. Reviewed 5 National Environment and Social Impact statements.
  5. Organized and facilitated 16 community conservation meetings to create awareness in management of fragile ecosystems.

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