THE Uganda Local Authorities Association (ULAA) has set a sh1,019,169,200 budget for the financial year 2002/2003 for operational costs, training and capacity building for its members
THE Uganda Local Authorities Association (ULAA) has set a sh1,019,169,200 budget for the financial year 2002/2003 for operational costs, training and capacity building for its members.
Presenting the budget to the ULAA members at Soroti Hotel, the Bushenyi Chief Administrative Officer, John Bitarabeho, said the budget would cater for provision of legal services, advocacy, increase awareness of the roles and powers of local governments, communication and economic policy analysis.
ULAA last year set a sh93.161.074 budget but raised only sh 62,435,077 from the districts and sub- counties.
Bitarabeho said ULAA expected to raise sh130,629,200 from local revenues and get the rest form donors.
The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), DFID and the European Union are among the donors that have pledged support to the association.
DANIDA has interest in strengthening the secretariat and training of ULAA members while the other donors will empower councillors with knowledge on human rights, legislative powers, the law, advocacy, fighting poverty among the urban poor and opening up of regional offices.
Bitarabeho said ULAA had plans to get affiliated to the African Union of Local Authorities, the International Union of Local Authorities and the Commonwealth Local Government forum.
He said ULAA would train chairpersons, speakers and production secretaries.
ULAA sets sh1b budget