The Executive Director, Water Governance Institute, Mr Henry Bazira together with other CSO members under the Umbrella of Uganda Tax Justice Alliance ,SEATIN, Uganda Debt Network (UDN) & CSBAG  met with Officials of Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development Officials to discuss the Civil Society Position Paper on the National Budget for the Financial Year 2017/18.

The meeting took place on 17th January 2017 at the Ministry offices. CSO members represent organisations that are members of the Uganda Tax Justice Alliance. The meeting shared insights in the tax proposals and agreed on a number of points, including updating the position on new information obtained from the ministry in preparation to meet other stakeholders, including Members of Parliament.

  WGI is a member of Uganda Tax Justice Alliance.

Please download the article here CSOs engage Parliament Agriculture Committee over 2017-18 Agric budget

 

 

Water Governance Institute joined a group of national and international civil society organizations to petition UNESCO and the government of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from opening up the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Virunga National Park in the respective countries for mining and petroleum exploitation because these World Heritage Sites protected under the international convention to which the two countries are signatories. This petition has also brought to the fore evidence that mining and petroleum exploitation in this regions is likely to threaten an endangered Okapi Giraffe species that resides in the forests of eastern DRC bordering Uganda on the west

Get a detailed press release!!!!!!!!

For more information follow the links below,

 

We’ve today officially launched the ten-year IUCN/ICCN Okapi Conservation

Strategy and Status Review. 

 (http://iucn.org/about/work/programmes/species/news/?22454/Global-plan-aims-to-save-elusive-okapi-from-extinction

and  (http://www.zsl.org/conservation/news/global-plan-aims-to-save-elusive-okapi-from-extinction

The UK’s Guardian newspaper has written a great article - 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/18/stop-armed-militia-to-save-rare-forest-giraffe-conservationists-warn-and we hope to get further press coverage via the BBC World Service (listen out for a programme on Sunday morning) and across the region – IUCN are translating into French.

Civil Society Organisations and individuals in Uganda stop government from compulsorily taking citizens' land for oil & gas industry investments without prior payment of compensation and resettlement of oil-project-affected persons.

This was achieved through a Court Ruling. We hope this ruling will also provide an opportunity to correct an anomaly in the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act 2013 that does not allow people to make claims for land damaged or encroached upon by oil industry operations, including spillage, except for crops, animals and infrastructure that might be on such a land. Read more

 

Source: New vision

"Water Governance Institute (WGI) was part of a team of national and international non-governmental organisations that petitioned UNESCO/ World Heritage Center sometime back over the planned exploration and exploitation of oil resources in the Ngagi block that traverses the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is now welcome news that oil firms are shying away from exploring and/or exploiting oil resources in this region, because of World Heritage significance. http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Oil-companies-shy-Ngaji-block--bid/-/688334/3108540/-/rjwk79/-/index.html.There are, however, unconfirmed reports that Uganda Government is determined, in spite of this, to go ahead with plans to explore and exploit oil resources/reserves in this protected area. If these reports turnout to be true, it will be a shame on Uganda and will depict the Uganda government a rogue that has no respect for international protocols, conventions and treaties/agreements, live alone its own national laws"

Reports are rife in the media and public domain about the poor and inadequate compensation and resettlement of communities and individuals that are (or likely) to be involuntarily displaced by immerging oil and gas industry.

This is not a new phenomenon in the extractive sectors word wide.  Such cases are common even though they flout accepted international best practices. Unfortunately, governments world-over have connived with the investors to disenfranchise their citizens. This often triggers conflict and wars.

It is, therefore, no surprise that the Banyoro people are intending to sue government for depriving them of their legal right to land as evidenced in Uganda’s local newspaper New Vision of Friday 20th September 2013 article below. Governments worldwide need to promote pro-poor people development and not only the interest of investors and multinational corporations.

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