By Taddeo Bwambale
President Yoweri Museveni has asked ministers to focus their efforts on wealth creation and food security to spur the country’s development.
Museveni was on Thursday addressing the ministers at a retreat in Kampala to discuss the annual half-year performance report for the financial year 2012/2013.
The assistant commissioner for monitoring and evaluation, Timothy Lubanga revealed the President’s remarks while briefing journalists about the forthcoming evaluation week organised by his office.
The state minister for general duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere, told the New Vision that performance reviews were intended to identify areas of improvement in service delivery.
Permanent secretaries, chairpersons of local governments and resident district commissioners are attending the retreat at the new Government office building.
The five-day evaluation week which opens on March 4 will draw experts from Benin, Colombia, Pakistan, Ghana, Rwanda, Fiji, Mexico, South Africa and UK to discuss best practices in evaluation of Government programmes.
Lubanga said Uganda would benefit from the experience of other states while sharing her own successes.
The participants will attend a baraza (open public discussion) in Jinja, where local leaders explain to their electorate how they spent resources provided by Government.
Lubanga observed that Uganda had made improvements in public sector performance measurement and financial management through initiates including the barazas.
He, however, noted some weakness in oversight over the use of public funds and the use of data to strengthen performance and accountability.
“The use of data to strengthen performance is generally weak. The regular evaluation of public programmes is also sparse, with about 85% of those commissioned by development partners, not Government,” he explained.
Lubanga also cited the lack of sound management information systems which exist in only five ministries, while annual sector reviews cover less than a third of all the sectors.