The Business Integrity Initiative in Uganda, in the Media

February 24, 2021 10:04 am

Published by Olive Kabatwairwe

With financial support from the UKs Business Integrity Initiative, we have been implementing an action to “Promote Fair Business Practices between Government and the Private Sector in Uganda” the action run from December 2019 to February 2021. It was aimed at realizing the following objectives;

  1. To increase disclosed data to 60 points as per the ids standard.
  2. To increase competition in doing business with government agencies
  3. To strengthen transparency in procurement processes of infrastructure projects.

Key under this initiative was to promote disclosure by government institutions, and facilitate stakeholders through trainings and provision of information for the media and the civil society to use disclosed data to engage duty bearers to account, and influence reforms in the public infrastructure delivery processes. We share with you an outline of the key media publications through the one year of implementation, and looking forward to your feedback.

  1. https://businessfocus.co.ug/new-online-monitoring-tool-to-improve-transparency-in-public-infrastructure-projects/
  2. https://gorillanationug.com/2020/02/21/cost-uganda-launched-an-electronic-infrastructure-monitoring-tool-e-imt/
  3. http://pressug.com/new-online-public-infrastructure-monitoring-tool-launched-to-enhance-transparency/
  4. https://www.cost.or.ug/the-utopia-we-want-in-uganda/
  5. https://www.cost.or.ug/cost-ugandas-electronic-infrastructure-monitoring-tool-e-imt-set-to-standardize-infrastructure-monitoring/
  6. https://www.cio.co.ke/ministry-of-works-uganda-unveils-online-tool-to-improve-transparency-in-infrastructure-projects/
  7. Inadequate Information Discloser Undermining Infrastructure Investments-Experts; https://businessfocus.co.ug/inadequate-information-discloser-undermining-infrastructure-investments-experts/
  8. https://shiftmedianews.com/exclusive-the-cries-of-a-frustrated-investor-as-usd8m-is-threatened-with-wastee/
  9. https://www.monitor.co.ug/Business/Prosper/Twists-and-turns-winning-government-contracts/688616-5484286-m6gdfrz/index.html
  10. https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1516749/local-contractors-bag-sh1-trillion
  11. https://www.cost.or.ug/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CoST-Uganda-calls-for-Infrastructure-Transparency-during-COVID19_Press-Statement_f.pdf
  12. https://shiftmedianews.com/govt-needs-to-address-infrastructure-transparency-in-the-current-situation/
  13. https://www.cost.or.ug/government-mdas-urged-to-disclose-public-infrastructure-information-to-enhance-transparency/
  14. Live stream of the 1st high level meeting on Fair Business practices; https://youtu.be/mp1cHyfZo2Q
  15. Live stream of the high level meeting; https://www.facebook.com/UBCUganda/videos/276834290065888/
  16. https://shiftmedianews.com/delays-in-procurement-affects-budget-absorption-cost-uganda-report/
  17. Paid Talk show on NTV on Infrastructure transparency during COVID-19; https://youtu.be/FWfy_pKHFNg
  18. https://www.facebook.com/NTVUganda/videos/1343192495870904/?v=1343192495870904
  19. Unpaid talk show on NTV https://youtu.be/ttLqWnZLXlw
  20. Paid talk show on BBS https://youtu.be/JObCAqJJz0g
  21. Paid talk show on UBC TV; https://youtu.be/H6A-mw1p9BM
  22. Paid talk show on UBC TV 4th Assurance findings https://youtu.be/cX3ay4VNBUo
  23. Unpaid Talk show UBChttps://youtu.be/H6A-mw1p9BM
  24. NTV free news highlights https://youtu.be/fyMNwmYUsWs
  25. NTV free news highlights https://youtu.be/tINGbWmAGk0
  26. Paid feature story in Daily Monitor; https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/business/prosper/infrastructure-report-reveals-increase-in-disclosed-projects–2305108
  27. https://trustednewsug.com/index.php/2021/02/02/local-engineers-reveal-why-foreign-contractors-dominate-ugandas-market/
  28. Press release by CoST Uganda; (https://www.cost.or.ug/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CoST-Uganda-calls-for-Infrastructure-Transparency-during-COVID19_Press-Statement_f.pdf)
  29. https://shiftmedianews.com/fair-business-practices-between-government-and-the-private-sector-in-uganda-increasing-cost-report/
  30. http://infrastructuretransparency.org/news/engaging-the-private-sector-for-more-competitive-effective-procurement-in-uganda/
  31. https://www.cost.or.ug/download/infrastructure-report-reveals-improvements-in-disclosure_monitor-publications-extract-22nd-sept-2020-page-26/
  32. https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/features/costs-and-benefits-of-building-drc-roads-talk-of-the-nation-2462622
  33. Blog by Patrick Jaramogi, Journalist https://shiftmedianews.com/bribery-challenges-still-dog-procurement-processes-among-local-firms-ppda/
  34. Blog by Drake Nyamugabwa; Gov’t  urged to fully enforce the preference & reservation scheme to support local firms participate in infrastructure projects. – https://joripress.com/govt-urged-to-fully-enforce-the-preference-reservation-scheme-to-support-local-firms-to-participate-in-infrastructure-projects
  35. Blog by Musisi Lwanga Andrew.PressUg: Roko Construction Contract For Mulago Specialized Hospital Terminated, Multiple Time Extensions. – http://www.pressug.com/roko-construction-contract-for-mulago-specialized-hospital-terminated-multiple-time-extensions
  36. Spotlight: “Uganda’s infrastructural problem is about maintenance” #NilePostNews #NBSUpdates Read more: https://bit.ly/3sddMAO
  37. Blog by Drake Nyamugabwa; The new NWSC water supply project at 70% complete is set to serve  over 170,000 people  in Sembabule district – https://joripress.com/the-new-nwsc-water-supply-project-at-70-complete-set-to-serve-over-170000-people-in-sembabule-district
  38. Facebook; https://twitter.com/CostUgChapter/status/1359394811959078912?s=08
  39. Infographics live link; https://infogram.com/1pyy3963edl3rxt3m2zljrqqlmcyxzk6ey9?live
  40. Blog by Patrick Jaramogi; https://shiftmedianews.com/auditrenovation-of-kawolo-hospital-raises-hopes-of-addressing-eminent-health-challenges/
  41. Blog by a journalist from New Vision; https://newvisionapp.page.link/s2QPbJtbC4rSFMDFA
  42. The independent; “Transparency in government projects is taking root – new report” https://www.independent.co.ug/transparency-in-government-projects-is-taking-root-new-report/
  43. Basel Institute interview; https://baselgovernance.org/blog/cost-uganda-collective-action-approach-integrity-infrastructure-procurement
  44. The Infrastructure Blog; https://infrastructure.co.ug/infrastructure-projects-improve-transparency-information-disclosure/
  45. Blog by Journalist; https://infrastructuretransparency.org/news/cost-assurance-process-shines-light-on-covid-19-local-content-and-inclusion-in-ugandas-infrastructure/
  46. 4th Assurance Process, press release; https://www.cost.or.ug/download/ray-of-sunshine-a-press-release-on-the-4th-assurance-process-in-uganda/
  47. Story of change, Busoga Mwiri Access Road; https://www.cost.or.ug/citizens-around-busoga-college-mwiri-celebrate-the-new-tarmac/
  48. 4th Assurance Report, Blog: https://www.cost.or.ug/cost-uganda-launches-the-4th-assurance-report-the-office-of-the-prime-minister-commits-to-take-action-on-the-findings-and-recommendations/
  49. Blog by Patrick Jaramogi, Journalist; https://shiftmedianews.com/ray-of-sunshine-contracts-awarded-to-local-firms-on-the-rise-cost-uganda-report/
  50. CoST Blog, Drake Nyamugabwa, Journalist; The new NWSC water supply project at 70% complete is set to serve  over 170,000 people  in Sembabule district – https://joripress.com/the-new-nwsc-water-supply-project-at-70-complete-set-to-serve-over-170000-people-in-sembabule-district
  51. Live stream link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdU_4QDQ4k_8Ry7f8IITJ0Q
  52. https://nilepost.co.ug/2021/02/23/spotlight-ugandas-infrastructural-problem-is-about-maintenance/
  53. Dedicated publication on KCCA projects; https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/kampala-infrastructure-development-shrouded-in-secrecy-3307466
  54. Paid talkshow on Impact FM; https://www.facebook.com/840830859347441/videos/915548569213965

Please note, this list will be updated from time to time, it does not include links of over 20 radios, and some Televisions that have aired issues about fair business practices in Uganda during the project life time.

Our compliments and appreciation goes to all media houses, journalists who have embraced this issue/agenda and we call on you to carry-on the action.

 

 

 

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