Inspired by a deep-seated passion to have youth more involved in social change initiatives and decision-making processes, Re!gnite Africa’s Rehema Namukose is developing an innovative training manual that youth advocates will use to hold local governments to account for health policy commitments made in Uganda’s Decentralization Policy.
It is a social accountability guide that uses budget tracking to assess the extent to which and ways in which this policy has delivered on commitments to provide healthcare services to communities at sub-county to district levels nationwide.
The manual will provide an easy guide on how to track health resources mobilized, utilized and services delivered by local government. With this tool, she hopes that youth in partnership with local community members to engage with their leaders about decisions that affect them. She hopes that local youth advocates can apply practices in this manual to the work they do improve quality of life in their local communities.
This project is also part of Rehema’s research thesis for a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on public policy and advocacy, and she is expected to graduate in May, 2017.