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Annex A Summary ToR for Uganda

Joint donor evaluation of Civil Society Engagement in Policy Dialogue ToR for Country Case Study UGANDA

1 Background and Context

The detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) for conducting the in-depth case studies in Uganda as one of the three country studies providing an independent evaluation of civil society engagement in policy dialogue, draws on the findings of the Ugandan Scoping Study conducted in July 2011 whose main aim was to provide contextual information necessary to make a well-informed choice of policy initiatives for the country case study. These ToR also take cognisance of the experience and findings of the parallel case studies being carried out in Uganda and Mozambique.[93]

2 Objectives

The purpose of the case studies (as set out in the study ToR) is to provide an in-depth understanding and analysis of the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness issues, covering how CSOs engage in policy dialogue, what outcomes they have achieved and what factors have contributed to them.

3 Scope

The overall objectives of the study inform the scope of the case study phase which is outlined below (and in Annex 1 Evaluation Questions):

The main focus of the evaluation is the effectiveness of CSOs in policy dialogue and the outcomes achieved. The case studies will further explore the enabling and disabling conditions and the strengths and weaknesses of DP policies and strategies. It is recognised that the study is complex and is both an evaluation exercise as well as a ’study’ of the situation on the ground, which aims to generate new knowledge and ideas. The ToR are explicit in highlighting the importance attached to analysis of the findings ahead of reporting, which will include conclusions on lessons learnt and on recommendations. The consultants have taken account of this in the work planning.

Specifically, the evaluation focuses on the following key themes:

  • CSO effectiveness: What are the ways in which CSO engagement in (country) policy dialogue is most effective – and what does this mean for how this can be facilitated in the future?[94]
  • What outcomes can be identified from engagement in policy dialogue – and what have been the factors contributing to them.
  • Enabling and disabling conditions: What are the enablers and barriers to CSO engagement (at country level) – and how could they be addressed?
  • DP policies and strategies: How can DPs most effectively support and facilitate (directly and indirectly) increased civil society engagement at country level?

4 Selection of priority Case Studies

Based on the assessment of a long-list of policy processes and discussions during the Scoping Exercise, three policy processes emerged as areas of particular relevance to the policy dialogue environment in Uganda, discussed in the Reference Group and finally endorsed by the Evaluation Management Group.

  • Governance and Accountability: Anti-Corruption and mismanagement: There has been intense dialogue and one can find data and good lessons as elaborated in the Scoping Study.
  • Justice and Gender responsive dialogue – (gender responsive & human rights): Human Rights and Justice was a broad theme under Justice Law and Order Sector identified by the Scoping Study. Within this, policy dialogue has been on several areas including transitional justice, gender responsive legislation etc. It was agreed to narrow down the scope and focus on gender responsive legislation. There have been some gains in this area and lots of CSO engagement, leading to the passing of several piece of legislation over the last five years – i.e. Domestic Violence Act, Anti Female Genital Mutilation and several other laws that are still under discussion.
  • Forest Management: Government, private sector and community governance responsibilities and cooperation. This will be a Mini case study focused on the experiences of dialogue on forestry management especially Mabira Forest and the public interest litigation.

The field work will be conducted at national level and in Soroti and Apac and Mabira, Buikwe Region.

5 Sources of information

The team will use various sources of information (including documents and interviews) to ensure a good spread and avoid biases.

6 Case study tools

The Conceptual Framework for Case Study Analysis includes a number of tools for case study analysis. In addition to interviews and group discussions, the team is expected to use the following tools as part of the participatory analysis. Theory of Change to analyse how CSO strategies have contributed to policy outcomes. SWOT or force field analysis to identify the factors that have affected CSO engagement in policy dialogue Key factors will be identified. And Short “reality checks” by visiting other organisations, communities etc.

7 Work calendar

The work for the Uganda Case Study will be undertaken in three phases:

  • Preparation and Planning: December 2011 to 3rd February 2012
  • Case Study Assessments and stakeholder consultations: 6th February to 29th February
  • Analysis, synthesis and report preparation: 1st March to 18th March (submission by 19th March)
  • An integral event during this process will be the holding of a national workshop, planned for Tuesday February 28th at Hotel Protea, starting at 9 am.

[93] A separate paper on “lessons learned from Mozambique case study” has been made available to the country team before hand.

[94] The term “CSO effectiveness” emphasises the effectiveness of CSOs as development actors (see OECD 2010, Civil society effectiveness).

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