Dutch Think-tank Unveils Project to Strengthen Political Parties

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The project, funded by the Democratic Governance Facility DGF will focus on strengthening organizational development, conflict resolution, conflict mediation, as well as youth and women leadership development in political parties.

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) has a launched a three year programme aimed at strengthening political parties ahead of the 2021 general elections.

The project, funded by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) will focus on strengthening organizational development, conflict resolution, conflict mediation, as well as youth and women leadership development in political parties.

It will mainly target parties that constitute the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD). These include; Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), National Resistance Movement (NRM), Democratic Party (DP), Uganda Peoples' Congress (UPC) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).

Frank Rusa, the Country Manager of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy in Uganda says that the programme was designed after assessing the strength and weaknesses of political parties in the country.

Rusa says they will be carrying programmes which will strengthen political parties to be better advocates of the voices of their voters. He says leaders of political parties which are performing better in countries such as Ghana and South Africa will be brought to advise Ugandan political parties on how they can grow.
 
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But political parties raised a number of issues about the project. FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi said when the first programme was accomplished in 2017; the parties did not get reports adding that project money was largely misused by project implementers.


Mafabi said FDC will not accept to be a party of the project unless they get accountability reports of the first project.
 
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Mafabi further said political parties are yet to get fine-tuned details of what the project is about. He says the project should largely be implemented by political parties not the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy.
 
DP Secretary General, Gerald Siranda argued that political parties need more support from the donor community. He says donors will are pumping money in NGOs which will not liberate Uganda.
 
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Responding to queries of parties, Rusa said the nitty-gritty of the project will be shared with political parties in the spirit of promoting transparency.

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.