Business and Human Rights (Uganda)

The government interlocutor for this action is the Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development (MoGLSD), who has the mandate to oversee and coordinate implementation of the National Action Plan on BHR (NAP) between now and 2025. Other key government stakeholders include the Uganda Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Finance Planning and National Development (MoFPED), the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MoTIC). While the MoGLSD has lead the drafting of the NAP, they have sought support for implementation of the plan. Coordination and effective engagement of many stakeholders  in this plan will be a key challenge for the MoGLSD and this component will seek to provide technical assistance in that effort, as well as enhancing links with businesses and CSOs.

Engagement with business through this component will mainly be coordinated with the existing SB4U pltatform. Comapanies whose operations have a particular bearing on the application of labour rights in practice (eg big employers like flower farms), the environment and natural resources (for instance oil companies) and digital rights and internet governance (for example technology companys) will be specifically targeted through this component. Professional associations such as the Federation of Ugandan Employers and the Uganda Manufacturers Institute will also be engaged.

A wide range of civil society organisations has been working to promote the BHR agenda in Uganda for several years. Organisations working on corporate accountability, land rights and social & economic rights formed a key part of the working group which drafted the NAP together with the government. There are also many civil society organisations with a good capacity for monitoring and documenting human rights abuses related to the private sector and using that for evidence-based advocacy.

Objective

Awareness of human rights responsibilities of business is increased and human rights abuses connected to business activities in Uganda are reduced.

1. Support to the GoU’s NAP implementation: earmarked support for implementation of selected aspects of the plan by Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. These could include: a. Empowerment of communities b. Compliance with human rights obligations c. Free, Prior and Informed Consent d. Remedy Mechanisms
2. Support to increasing business sector awareness and engagement in the BHR agenda: support to a number of communities of practice or working groups of businesses in the following suggested areas: a. Labour rights (including decent work, combatting child labour etc) b. Natural resource governances and land (encompassing oil sector, mining sector, agribusinesses) c. Digital rights and internet governance
3. Support to civil society advocacy, dialogue and implementation of activities in support of the BHR agenda: through a suggested call for proposals or other competitive process to support a range of organisations and approaches, same sectors as above: a. Labour rights b. Natural resource governance and land c. Digital rights and internet governance

IATI shortcode

2563