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Transparency report faults UNRA, Energy, New Vision article on 3rd Assurance Report by CoST Uganda
While we are seeing companies share their policies and commitments on human rights and the environment, there is still much crucial information about the practices of the national construction industry that remains concealed — particularly when it comes to project start and end dates, who is the contractor, consultant, how much the project costs, life span, social safeguards and the level of stakeholder/citizen engagement.
The 3rd Assurance report revealed that pro-active disclosure was at 43% and reactive disclosure was at 42% making the overall disclosure at 43%. Low disclosure was attributed to delays in data retrieval and refusal to disclose data by some of the procuring entities. Ministry of Education and Sports initially, for instance, declined to disclose information reactively but later reconsidered and granted access to records. However, this happened after the data retrieval exercise had ended and the information was not included in this report.
This engagement reveals the need for entities to appreciate the relevance of timely data disclosure to stakeholders. In the same regard, 42% of the reactive data was accessed from the Ministries of Water and Environment and Ministry of Health. UNRA and the Ministry of Energy declined to reactively disclose project information despite various engagements.