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Government Badly Managing Social Services – Survey

The findings indicate that 81 percent of Ugandans feel that the government is not doing a good job of keeping the price of essential goods down. A similar number of the sampled population feels that the government is not doing well at creating jobs and fighting corruption.

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Government is doing a bad job at managing health services, controlling inflation and fighting corruption- a survey conducted by Twaweza East Africa has shown.

The survey was conducted from August to September covering more than 2,000 respondents in 105 districts across the country. It is the first in a series of surveys to be conducted under Sauti za Wananchi, a new data collection initiative, officially launched in Kampala today.

The findings indicate that 81 percent of Ugandans feel that the government is not doing a good job of keeping the price of essential goods down. A similar number of the sampled population feels that the government is not doing well at creating jobs and fighting corruption.

It further shows that more than 50 percent of persons who had contact with the police, Health facilities, public schools, and local councils, in the last one year, say a bribe was either directly requested or expected in order to get assistance or speed up services which are supposed to be given at no cost. 

Marie Nanyanzi, a Program Officer in Charge of Sauti za Wananchi initiative observes that the findings reveal a worrying sense among many citizens that they are powerless to influence government decisions and to hold duty bearers accountable.  

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“The data collected during the baseline provides deep insight into citizen's experiences of and views on service delivery in Uganda. Three stories emerge; reported experiences of corruption in service delivery are high, secondly citizens do see service delivery in the country as a challenge and are broadly dissatisfied with how these sectors are managed,” Nanyanzi said. 

Assistant Professor Gerald Karyeija, from the Uganda Management Institute welcomes the survey saying that the message tells that government needs to up its game in delivering social services to the people.

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Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo, the Twaweza country head added that Sauti za Wananchi provides a powerful new way to put citizens at the centre of government decision making. “On a range of topics, from Service delivery to access to access to information and land reform, Sauti za Wananchi will bring synthetized nationally representative views and experiences at the forefront of public and policy debate. 

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