ISER reports on the realization of economic and social rights in Uganda

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ESCR-net member, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), works to promote the effective understanding, monitoring, implementation and realization of economic and social rights in Uganda.  ISER has published a series of policy and advocacy briefs, position papers, video documentaries, photo essays and various other resources that align with their mission to build awareness about economic and social rights in Uganda and to explore strategies for securing their realization. 

A recent policy paper titled, “Right to Water in Uganda: Perspectives from the district of Kayunga.” is a result of field research carried out in two sub-counties of the Ugandan district of Kayunga (Bbaale and Kayonza). The paper demonstrates the challenges communities face in realizing their right to water as an underlying determinant of the right to health as well as analyzing international norms and domestic policy.   

In another policy paper, "Getting it Right: Uganda’s Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme", they provide a human rights-based review of the proposed National Health Insurance Bill 2012, which once adopted, will operationalise the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Ugandan Ministry of Health is currently awaiting a certificate of financial implication from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in order to proceed with the proposed bill.

 Another report called “Privatization, Discrimination, and the Right to Education in Uganda” builds on previous research exploring the educational landscape in Uganda.   The report centered on research in the Jambula and Nakamiro zones of Bwaise II, Kawempe division, Uganda, to gather first-hand evidence of the discriminatory impact caused by increased privatisation of the Ugandan education sector. It is complimented by published photo essays and video documentaries highlighting the failing of universal education system in Uganda. 

To explore the articles mentioned above and other resources that promote a human rights based approach to the design and implementation of legal and policy frameworks relating to social and economic rights, click here