SWFF Annual Report
USAID and the Government of Sweden launched the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) grand challenge for development in September 2013 during the World Water Week in Stockholm. Within two years after the launch, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of South Africa joined the party of Founding Partners. Through SWFF, the partners have worked to identify and accelerate science and technology innovations and market-driven approaches that improve water sustainability to boost food security and ultimately alleviate poverty.
SWFF aims to increase access to innovations that help farmers produce more food with less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soils to produce food. Water Governance Institute (WGI) responded to SWFF call for proposals in 2015 and was selected as a winner from among 408 applications, representing 67 countries.
Twelve winners of the award were selected from the applications. WGI's winning proposal was titled "Promoting Commercial Aquaponics Farming Among Smallholder Farmers/Households for Water Efficiency, Food Security and Livelihoods Improvement in Uganda". The project will initially be implemented in 4 districts of Uganda; namely Kampala, Kamuli, Hoima and Adjumani that were selected based on their high poverty indices.
Kampala was selected because it is the central administrative center of the country; has wide gap between the rich and poor; and suffers from escalation of population as a result of rural-to-urban migration which is challenging the adequate delivery of social goods and servicesView items...
Waste Management Regulations should respond to current environmental challenges
Thursday, 7th June 2016 | Environment, Opinion
Petroleum activities are concentrated in the pristine Albertine Graben, an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to a number of wildlife species of national and international importance. The waste from exploration and production activities will, therefore, always be right at the heart of this ecologically sensitive area.
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The World Bank has told government to improve infrastructure project preparations if Uganda is to realise value for money as well as minimise shoddy works. The rush to exute projects , coupled with political ambitions to getting things done in a short period of time, costing the country billions of shillings in shoddy works.
Launching Africa's pulse report in Washington DC on Monday a head of World Bank/ International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings due this Friday, the World Bank Country economist, Dr Jean-Pascal Nguessa, said there is need to improve public investment and management in projects. "Uganda government needs to improve the quality of infrastructure project preparations by doing right feasility studies and carrying out proper due dilegence in the various infrastructures it is undertaking to realise value for money and also to get good returns in these projects " he said Reference Daily monitor Wed April 13,2016.
Water Governance Institute, a member of the Uganda Tax Justice Alliance Network together with ten other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) issued a press statement on tax evasion scandals by corporations in respect to the leaked PANAMA papers that explained how multinational companies are evading or avoiding paying taxes in host countries where they operate. This is particularly true in developing countries that are greatly starved of capital to provide social goods and services.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania government officials start a three-day meeting today in Kampala to discuss a technical report on the contentious $4 billion (Sh400 billion) crude oil pipeline route.
The investment potential if landlocked Uganda decides on whether the pipeline transverses northern Kenya to the proposed Lamu port has raised stakes of the meeting.
The report consists details of the three potential routes; the Tanga in Tanzania, backed by a Gulf Interstate Engineering study and the southern and northern Kenya routes, supported by the Toyota Tsusho feasibility study.
The team is expected to reach a conclusion on the most cost-effective route to transport 600 million and 6.5 billion barrels of oil from Kenya and Uganda respectively.
Energy and Petroleum Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau said the outcome of the discussion will be presented at the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) summit in Kampala in a fortnight.
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Ethiopia presidents are keenly following the discussions because the pipeline is considered a key resource within the Northern Corridor projects.
The northern Kenya route starts from Hoima and goes through Lokichar to Lamu. If Uganda opts out of the Kenya route, it will take the Hoima to Tanga one.
Uganda Energy minister Irene Muloni said on phone that their main interest is “a least cost route considering tariffs, terrain, infrastructure and viability of the port of transportation.”
Ugandan officials said Tanzania had waived land fees, transit charges and taxes on the pipeline, but critics argue that such a deal is not economically-viable.
The Kenyan government, however, will charge Uganda Sh1,280 per barrel of oil transported through the Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu route.
If the pipeline passes through northern Kenya, it will be owned by the two governments, Total which owns a majority stake in Uganda oil fields, Tullow Oil and China Offshore National Oil Corporation.
“KPC [Kenya Pipeline Corporation] will come in at the very last stage to manage the crude oil pipeline,” said John Ngumi, the chairman at an interview with Business Daily.
“Kenya is clear that it prefers the northern route through Lamu, for its added advantage presented by the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor,’’ he said.
Mr Ngumi said that oil-dependant South Sudan could also opt for the Kenyan route, adding that “it will make sense to extend it to serve Ethiopia which lacks a crude oil pipeline.
“This will boost the country’s share of wealth, Juba pays Khartoum $25 (Sh2,500) per barrel in transit fees and Kenya presents a more affordable option through Lamu,” Mr Ngumi said. Reference
Transparency International-USA calls for greater transparency of anonymous companies in the United States following the massive Panama Papers leak.
The massive leak of 11.5 million files dubbed the “Panama Papers” highlight the vulnerability of the global financial system and showcase how easy it is for public officials to use anonymous companies to hide their identities.
Washington D.C., 4 April, 2016 – The leaked Panama Papers reveal the offshore holdings of over 100 politicians and public officials from around the world. The list includes current and former world leaders and the offshore entities in the leak are connected to people in more than 200 countries and territories.
Unfortunately, it is not just Panama and other tax havens that provide vehicles for kleptocrats and other criminals to launder their illicit wealth and enjoy it in financial centers around the world. In every state in the United States, one can incorporate a legal entity without having to disclose who controls the entity or derives economic benefits from it. In fact, so synonymous is Delaware with anonymous companies and ghost corporations that it was named in Transparency International’s Unmask the Corrupt campaign (Unmaskthecorrupt.org) as one of the most symbolic cases of corruption.
“It is time for the United States to end the secrecy around anonymous companies and help prevent the flow of illicitly acquired funds into the United States” said Claudia J. Dumas, President and CEO of TI-USA.
The U.S. government has pledged to increase transparency of companies formed in the United States in various fora such as the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, G8 Action Plan for Transparency of Company Ownership and Control, and most recently the G20 High Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership transparency. However, meaningful progress in the U.S. remains elusive.
The U.S. Government should pass the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act introduced earlier this year by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that would require Treasury/states to collect, maintain and update beneficial ownership information on legal entities for law enforcement purposes. Ideally, this information should be public so that corrupt individuals cannot hide behind layers of anonymous companies.
The initial stories coming out of the Panama Papers leaks also show the use of anonymous companies in real estate transactions to hide corruptly acquired funds by wealthy individuals from outside the United States.
In addition to legislation to collect beneficial ownership information upon company formation, gatekeepers involved in luxury good purchases such as the real estate industry should be required to conduct due diligence into buyers’ identities and the sources of their funds” said Shruti Shah, Vice President for Programs and Operations at TI-USA.
Several investigations in the past have also shown how corrupt officials and money launderers utilize the U.S. financial systems to conceal, transfer and spend the illicit funds. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Treasury should issue without delay rules requiring financial institutions to determine and verify the identity of the beneficial owners of corporate customers.
Over the years, the United States has committed to combating the flow of the proceeds of foreign corruption into the United States in a number of different fora. By adopting the reforms recommended above, the United States would send a strong signal that it is taking the necessary steps to uphold its commitments.
Transparency International-USA is the U.S. chapter of the global Transparency International movement, which is present in more than 100 countries around the world. TI-USA is committed to improving governance both in the United States and internationally.
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With the rain season now on, different categories of people like farmers are jubilating because they expect higher yields at harvest time. However, for others, the rain comes with problems that range from the pesky –mud getting stuck to the shoe sole – to the serious, where roads and houses become flooded.
While its raining, there is hardly any traffic jam. But no sooner does it stop than the roads get congested. A police traffic officer along Jinja Road believes the main cause of the traffic jam during wet seasons is that while the rain is pouring, all the activities stop. “When its raining, people hold back since no one is able to do a lot in the rain,” he says, adding: “After it has rained, majority of the people rush to complete whatever they were doing and they all end up meeting on the roads hence heavy traffic jam.”
The rain is also associated with an increase in transport fares, especially for people who use public means like taxis. Jamil Muwonge, a taxi driver along Bombo Road to Kawempe says the high consumption of fuel by cars during traffic jam compels them to hike the fares. “In a distance where I drive for one hour when there is no jam, I end up spending two hours on the same distance when there is jam,” says Muwonge. “When I’m going to hike the fare from town to Kawempe, from Shs2,000 to Shs2,500, I first talk to the passengers before they board,” he notes. “Instead of using the main road from town to Kawempe, I divert to using the Nakulabye-Kasubi route where there is no jam but after communicating with the passengers,” Muwonge adds. “With this at the back of their minds, they will pay the Shs2,500 wholeheartedly because they are always tired and want to get home early enough,” he concludes.
Prices of commodities like umbrellas differ slightly from the price that they are sold at in the dry season. In the dry season, a small umbrella in Kikuubo costs Shs5,000 and a larger one goes for Shs8,000, but when the rain season starts , the price may change depending on the demand of the umbrellas, says Agnes Namiggo, who sells umbrellas in Kikuubo. “On good days when it rains almost every day, we can sell as many as 14 dozen, and the rate at which they sell is also very fast,”adds Namiggo. Peter Musoke, a businessman dealing in sweaters and jackets in Mukwano Arcade says a jacket he sells at Shs18,000 in the dry season goes for between Shs20,000 to Shs25,000 when the rain season kicks in. “But there is a high demand for jackets in the rainy season, especially at times when people are going home or to work,” notes Musoke. “On a good day, I can retire with profit of Shs 50,000 which may not be achievable in the dry season,” he adds.
For Daniel Kafeero, a dealer in gumboots, his situation is quite different. “Sometimes I have to wear the gumboots myself because there are some areas, which are difficult to reach like deep inside Owino especially when you have to move and look for stock to keep your business running,” says Kafeero.He goes on and says unlike other commodities whose prices change depending on seasons like umbrellas, the change in season does not change the prices of gumboots. “If the prices are to change, they change with an increment of between Shs5,000 to Shs10.000,” says Kafeero.He adds that it is factors like increase in taxes on the side of the manufacturers that affects prices, and not the weather conditions.
The rain season does not only escalate commodity prices but it is also associated with high crime rates, especially in the night when thieves take advantage of people sleeping deeply and they break into houses.Julius Tusingwire the District Police Commander Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb says crime occurrence in his area is low because a lot of precaution measures have been undertaken to eliminate victims of crimes. “This has been achieved by heavy deployment of security personnel in crowded places like clubs and pubs in the night and petrol stations as well as making some foot patrols both during day and night to ensure maximum protection for the people,” says Tusingwire. “If at the end of two days you have only 24 entries of minor crimes, it means there is a low crime rate,” he adds.
You would assume that more people will hit the bar during the wet season, especially if it is indoors but the opposite is true. Some bar owners say they have fewer customers during this season and that is why most of them dread the rain. “During the rainy season, it is cold and wet and therefore I prefer to stay indoors so I stock my fridge at home instead of hitting the bar,” a regular bar goer says
Sensitization of local communities, Establishment of Aquaponics units, Stocking Aquaponics units, Fish and crop products
Water Governance Institute (WGI) is among 60 non-governmental organisations that petitioned UNESCO and the governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against supporting oil and gas mining operations in the Virunga National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park, because they believe that the benefits that accrue from the national parks outweigh the benefits that could come from exploiting oil & gas in the parks and would last a longer time than those from oil & gas. Click to read the press statement and joint statements made by the said organizations.