Transparency, citizen engagement and accountability are essential for an open society, where democratic institutions support and empower citizens to shape society and take control over their lives. When governments are transparent, civil society can help ensure leaders are serving their people and not themselves.
The Hivos East Africa programme Connecting Voices seeks to enhance the ability of Ugandan citizens, change agents and civil society organisations to promote democratic governance, protect civic spaces, demand government accountability and safeguard freedom of expression. It is a direct response to the need in Uganda for greater civic and democratic space, increased transparency and accountability, and improved social service delivery.
The program aims to open up dialogue between local civil society organisations and political leaders to create a more enabling environment for freedom of expression, transparency and accountability. It will support the efforts of journalists, bloggers, artistes, women, human rights defenders and other change agents to promote greater regard for the rule of law as well as access to justice and social services by the citizens.