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Community Based Department
Just like the name, the department of Community Based Services is concerned with Trade and Industry Sector:
Vision: A community that is equitably empowered to participate in sustainable, social and Economic transformation of Amuria.
Mission: To empower communities with knowledge, skills, attitudes for participative and transforming dialogue towards collective action against shared problems and concerns.
Goal: To empower the community for improved participation in sustainable social and Economic development.
Other Sub sectors under the same department are:
Gender and Culture sector headed by the Senior Community Development Officer.
Probation and Social Welfare headed by the Probation officer.
Special interest groups
Youth and Women
People with Disabilities
Labour and Employment.
Public library establishment for Amuria District to further research not only in Amuria but also Teso sub region.
A Reception center for children who commit crimes
A Rural rehabilitation center has been set up for mending shoes and hairdressing activities to empower the youth.
The department has been instrumental in mainstreaming gender issues in all development plans especially formulating, implementation and evaluating programs relating to vulnerable groups e.g Women, Gender Based Violence Programs, Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Councils of special interest groups have been operationalized.
Adult literacy programs have become more functional than ever before and annually 1500 adult learners have been equipped with literacy skills for survival.
Co-ordination of NGO activities like ensuring that they conform to National requirements.
Mobilization of communities to embrace Government programs for example 30 community driven development projects with a funding of Ug Shs 97 million.
Under NUSAF,400 sub projects have formulated and supported.
Under NAADS, 2235 groups were formulated and are functional.
150 Water sources are functional and user committees have also been formed and trained to ably manage water concerns.
CAIPP (Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Program )has been formed to provide community with infrastructure which can enable them to :
Add value to their agricultural produce,
Infrastructure to enable them access major markets.
Three (3) user road committees have also been formed and trained on road management concerns.
Challenges Facing the Education Department:
Since the Community Based Service department doesn’t generate tangible benefits it competes for resource allocation with other sectors.
Understaffing affects effective operation of the department.
Deep rooted negative cultural practice of the local people who regard women as their property after paying dowry and choose to treat them the way they feel.
The Spirit of volunteerism is no more as people want allowances for each and every work to be done.
The technical capacity of women to handle affairs regarding their own lives is very low and this deterred women empowerment in the District.
High Unemployment among the youths.
As compared to other Districts, there is little NGO involvement in regard to women affairs.
According to the Community Development Officer, the following solutions can help address the shortcomings:
New District Chambers yet to be constructed will offer office space for the department of Community based service.
There is need for Budget support to women councils as these train and mentor women.
More of the lobbying work needs to done to make ends meet.
There is need for advocacy and networking to create more awareness about the importance of the department.
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