7. Innovation

The program implementation is fully based on the Theory of Change that has been developed with all the seven Civic Engagement Alliance partners in Uganda. There has been a great sense of ownership by all the partners since they participated in the design of the program. Management and Boards of implementing partners have been involved in the design of the lobby trajectories with rights holders. ICCO and its partners have regularly held quarterly reflection meetings through which partners assess progress of implementation.
Ugandan partners within Civic Engagement Alliance organize and facilitate local farmers to form farmer groups and are also able to provide knowledge and skills to enable them to dialogue with other stakeholders.

Based on the bottom-up approach and set up, the program has been innovative in the following ways:

  • The use of the Theory of Change in the program that was able to provide concise insights on the progression of the changes that have occurred during implementation. Using lobby logbooks, it was possible to track the most successful lobby approaches.
  • The participation of the rights owners in designing the lobby trajectory and being part of the lobby agenda during implementation.
  • The Ugandan Civic Engagement Alliance partners in the regions Lango, Teso and Karamoja have designed joint lobby activities.
  • The escalation of lobby issues from the grassroots level to higher levels based on bottom-up generated evidence.
  • The formulation of a lobby and advocacy agenda that is based on evidence through research studies conducted by implementing partners.

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