Forging Uganda’s Future: The Governance and Security Programme’s Role in National Transformation

The Governance and Security Programme (GSP) was established under the National Development Plan III (NDP III) with a clear mission to address challenges related to weak adherence to the rule of law and the existence of internal and external security threats.

The GSP brings together 32 government agencies responsible for upholding the rule of law, ensuring security, maintaining law and order, enhancing access to justice, strengthening public policy governance, promoting human rights and accountability, and ensuring benevolent international relations. This Programme contributes to the third National Development Plan (NDPIII) objective five, which is to strengthen the role of the state in development.

Uganda is in transition from a predominantly peasant society to a modern prosperous country. With all government establishments and all segments of society making their contribution to this transformation, I must echo that the Governance and Security Programme has been handed a unique responsibility of ensuring that the requisite conditions for this transformation prevail now and in the future.

The Programme is tasked with ensuring that the rule of law, security, and broadly good governance prevail in Uganda as non-negotiable and indispensable essential foundations for enabling national transformation. These are prerequisites for socio-economic development in pursuit of Uganda’s transformational agenda.

The Government of Uganda has strategically rolled out the Parish Development Model to spur grassroots economic activity. This very important government investment is anchored on the prevalence of a stable, safe, secure, and rule-based socioeconomic environment. With an effective Governance and Security Programme realizing its mandate, the necessary safe and stable conditions shall prevail for the Parish Development Model and all other investments to grow and thrive.

The annual event is primarily organized to enable us, leaders of the various Ministries, Departments, Agencies, our development partners, and all stakeholders to reflect on our past performance. It is important that we focus more on devising means of consolidating all the gains we have achieved, finding solutions to our challenges, and sharing best practices that will enable us to achieve the national agenda of “a transformed Ugandan society, from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years”. We must leverage past experiences to innovate for a more secure and prosperous future.