|Overview : |
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is a UN organization with a capital mandate (unique in the UN System) focused on reducing poverty and inequality first and foremost in the least developed countries (“LDC”s). UNCDF develops and tests out financial models which mobilize and recycle domestic resources to meet local needs and which raise investor confidence in these local economies so that they can become centres of growth. UNCDF works with local governments, promoting financial and fiscal accountability to its citizens through local development funds, performance-based grant systems, structured project finance, and by strengthening local revenue streams. It also supports accountable planning, budgeting, and decision-making at the local level, recognizing the importance of having decisions about resources being made locally, and those resources being spent or invested locally.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is implementing the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) as part of 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The programme aims to steer a paradigm shift from a sector-oriented support to an integrated territorial approach, and 'connect the dots' between key sectors and areas for an inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development of the Northern Uganda. The general objective of the DINU programme is to consolidate stability in Northern Uganda, eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development.
The specific objectives of the programme are:
- To increase food security, improve maternal and child nutrition, and enhance household incomes through support to diversified food production and commercial agriculture and through improving household resilience (notably to climate change) and women empowerment;
- To increase trade of commodities within the region, within the country, and with neighboring countries through the improvement of transport and logistic infrastructures;
- To strengthen capacity, gender-responsive good governance (core mandate and general broad mandate) and the rule of law at the level of local government authorities and empower communities to participate in improved local service delivery.
The programme supports local authorities to better fulfil their core and broad mandates (notably in relation to the other sectors targeted by this programme) and better respond to local needs and deliver quality services to its citizens, improving upwards and downwards accountability mechanisms. It is also complemented by activities aimed at unlocking trade within the region, within the country, and with neighboring countries through the improvement of transport infrastructures.
As part of the programme, the UNCDF and the Local Government Finance Commission are supporting at least 16 core Local Governments in Northern Uganda to strengthen their capacities to efficiently mobilize, allocate and utilize local revenue and resources which should in the long run lead to increase in realization of the budgeted local revenue in the local governments.
Objectives of the Consultancy:
The Objective of this consultancy is to build capacity of 16 Core DINU local governments and Moroto Municipality as well as the Local Government Finance Commission (LGFC) in evidence-based, scientific and participatory revenue forecasting and planning.