The joint action ‘Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management’ in Uganda seeks to increase the population’s social protection coverage with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable, to ensure that Uganda progressively moves to more comprehensive and even universal social protection.

The project will achieve this by working with the government and other key stakeholders to improve the design and financing of Uganda’s social protection system towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 10, including by providing technical assistance to the government for the implementation of the National Social Protection Policy.

The action will also contribute to addressing some of the challenges related to public finance management towards progressively attaining more predictable budget allocations, a reduction in the fragmentation of revenue streams and funding flows, and ensuring better financial accountability and transparency.

Key Accomplishments by 2020

During the first year of implementation, the partners made important strides in strengthening existing government systems, expanding the knowledge base through evidence generation, and supporting decision-making processes. Key activities encompassed the following:

Increasing dialogue and coherence among sectors by:

  • Organizing consultations with the EU Delegation, ILO constituents, civil society organizations and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to define programme strategy;
  • Establishing a steering committee comprised of representatives of civil society and trade unions to guide advocacy priorities on social protection and public finance management;
  • Actively participating in meetings with the Social Protection Development Partners Group, the Public Finance Management and Accountability Working Groups, Uganda Social Protection Platform (USPP) and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) Expanding Social Protection Steering Committee, advocating for expanded fiscal space and coordinating with key stakeholders.

Supporting national evidence-based decision-making, by:

  • Engaging with the NSSF on enabling a consolidated social insurance scheme in Uganda, where potential areas of support were identified, in the fields of research, capacity strengthening, innovation and advocacy;
  • Developing COVID-19 microsimulations for one-off cash transfers to facilitate government and development partner decision-making on social protection responses to the pandemic and mitigation effects;
  • Producing three policy briefs and six budget briefs to drive decision-making and support government advocacy. These include briefs on: (1) the unique challenges faced by adolescent girls in urban areas and the opportunities provided by social protection; (2) a fiscal space analysis for adolescent social protection; and (3) a case study of systems strengthening.

Supporting diversified sources of funding for social protection, prioritizing children, workers in the informal sector, and older persons, by:

  • Undertaking a thorough assessment of civil society organizations and trade union capacities, and learning demands, challenges and good practices on the effective engagement with social protection and public finance management processes. This will form the foundation for a capacity development agenda in 2021 and beyond.

Strengthening knowledge and technical capacities of partners at national and sub-national levels, by:

  • Supporting the government in implementing and monitoring effective social protection systems and programmes, with progress in developing and improving monitoring and evaluation frameworks with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
  • Supporting the organization of three multi-stakeholder public events.

Project partners

The project is implemented jointly by the ILO; UNICEF; the Delegation of the European Union office in Kampala; and the Global Coalition of Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), represented by HelpAge International in Uganda. These partners support the government in improving the design and financing of inclusive social protection systems, through collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda Social Protection Platform (USPP), Kampala Capital City Authority and the National Social Security Fund. Together with workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations, parliamentarians and local governments, the participation of the partners in the SPPOT and other strategic activities will help position the Government to recognize the need and move towards incremental expansion of social protection.




Mr David Mawejje, ILO National Coordinator,

Ms Mwenya Kapasa, ILO  Technical Officer,

Dr. Ana Pantelic, UNICEF, Chief Social Policy,

Ms Emily Kemigisha, HelpAge International, Country Programme Coordinator