The Chapter received a Champion, the Minister of Works and Transport who also committed the Ministry to be the lead Champion for CoST in Uganda.
The chapter has sustained a strong Multi-Stakeholder Group with more partners coming on board.
Conducted and launched a Scoping Study report that provides a baseline survey on the levels of disclosure on public infrastructure projects in Uganda, piloted in 8 major Procurement Entities. The report revealed that only 12 out of 40 data points of the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard are disclosed, and of the 12 legally recognized data points, only 20% is disclosed. The report is forming a basis for engagement for full disclosure.
Increased awareness of CoST core features and its role within the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, the media and general public.
Introduced CoST Infrastructure Data Standard to 26 Procurement Entities by December 2017 with hopes for institutionalizing it through their systems, built their capacity on how and what to disclose to the general public using the standard.
Conducted and launched the 1st Assurance Report in August 2017 with the launch of the report on 5 projects. On average 50% of the information in the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard was disclosed to the public on the procuring entity websites and then through a request for the additional information from the assurance team. From the Assurance findings, most of the projects suffered cost increases; time overruns and changes to the scope. There was a general challenge in obtaining the right of way from the land owners and in land acquisition. Through their site visits, the assurance team also identified a lack of good quality assurance and control processes that ensure the quality of construction and inadequate health and safety provisions to protect construction workers. From the assurance report, Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Works and Transport was asked to adopt the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard (IDS) as a tool for disclosing information to the public across the full project cycle. This would be preferably achieved through a legal mandate as part of reforms to the Public Procurement Act.
Supporting Procurement Entities improve quality assurance, quality control, compliance with the law especially on procurement and supervision of projects, and improve their disclosure levels.
Identified best practices for replication such as in Wakiso district, no citizen has asked for compensation for road works, this is due to the increasing support of CoST to partner with the district to inform citizens on the social and economic benefits of the project but also to keep the citizens aware of the district’s plan.
Increasing disclosure and supporting existing platforms for information sharing, for example KCCA is aligning the USER platform to CoST Infrastructure Data Standard; PPDA has also been engaged to incorporate the standard in the Government Procurement Portal.
Supported the Private Sector and Civil Society to increase their capacity on transparency and how to access infrastructure data using the Access to Information Law. The Private Sector is using the Scoping Study and Assurance reports to engage Procurement Entities increase disclosure of Procurement Data.