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Politicians should be development workers – expert

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th June 2010 03:00 AM

POLITICIANS have been urged to develop resource mobilisation skills to cater for their constituents other than relying on the meagre development fund given by the Government.

By Catherine Bekunda

POLITICIANS have been urged to develop resource mobilisation skills to cater for their constituents other than relying on the meagre development fund given by the Government.

Robina Sentumbwe, the Africa regional representative of Resource Alliance, said politicians should be equipped with strategic plans to carry out development activities.

“Many politicians think that giving people money ahead of the 2011 elections is everything. You have to get people to come out and vote because that is your resource,” Sentumbwe advised.

She argued that Ugandan politicians had failed to tap into the rich resources in the country such as volunteers and people on their campaign teams, making many MPs fail to go back to Parliament when their term expires.

Sentumbwe said politicians often forget their constituents after being voted into power and return later towards elections looking for more votes.
Sentumbwe and officials from the United Nations Development Programme were yesterday addressing journalists at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala on the upcoming international workshop on resource mobilisation.

The workshop will be held at the same hotel later this year and will attract about 300 participants from across the globe.
She appealed to politicians to be transparent, accountable and have good communication skills, emphasising that these are the skills that earn them votes.

Resource Alliance trains individuals, non-governmental organisations, micro-finance institutions and government institutions in resource mobilisation and capacity building.

The training will also target institutions like universities on how they can best get funding opportunities.
Sentumbwe also said her organisation helps ‘young’ NGOs gain credibility, leadership and communication skills to help them write good proposals that attract funding from donors.

Politicians should be development workers – expert

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