Uganda’s social protection sector is characterised by a large number of fragmented and uncoordinated interventions with a wide variety of different management information systems (MISs). There was a need to develop a system that would create linkages among the multiple programmes as a means of facilitating effective targeting, planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as promoting accountability and transparency.
The Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, with assistance from UK Aid, plans to harmonise and foster coordination between social protection programmes through the development of a united database.
Under our work for Uganda’s Expanding Social Protection II programme, we are assessing the social protection system’s existing MISs to set a foundation for the design and development of a Single Registry. Alongside this, we are in the process of upgrading key modules involved in the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment MIS, including the Enrolment Module and Payments Module, as well as strengthening the security of the system.
The work underpins programmes the Government of Uganda is trail-blazing, including the piloted Senior Citizens’ Grant.