The Uganda Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development's responsibility is to empower communities in diverse areas. The Ministry promotes cultural growth, skills development and labour productivity while promoting gender equality, labour administration, social protection and transformation of communities.

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) is charged with the development and implementation of the Social Development Investment Plan (SDIP) with the mandate to empower communities to harness their potential through cultural growth, skills development and Labour productivity for sustainable and gender responsive development.

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Policy, legislation and its implementation

  1. Enact the Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2018 and the Mental Health Bill, 2014
  2. Review the National Policy on Disability 2006, and develop a costed National Plan of Action and fund its implementation
  3. Develop and implement a National roll-out plan for the Community Based Rehabilitation Program 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: All the above are to be implemented by 2020.

Additional commitments under this theme.        

  1. Fully integrate the Washington Group Questions in the national statistical system, produce and disseminate National Survey Reports with disability disaggregated data.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development; the National Council for Disability, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Human Rights Commission to effectively coordinate and monitor disability inclusion in policy and programming across sectors.
  3. Strengthen integration of disability in systems of assessing, registering, delivering and monitoring of refugee response
Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Amending legal frameworks 

  1. Engage all sectoral Ministries, Departments and Agencies to allocate quotas for Persons with Disabilities across major national poverty reduction/wealth promotion programs.
  2. Review, strengthen the delivery mechanism and increase funding to the Special Grant for Persons with Disabilities.
  3. Engage with Parliament and Cabinet on expansion of the Social Assistance Empowerment Programme to integrate a regular transfer for Persons with severe Disabilities across age groups.
  4. Consistently produce and submit to Parliament and Cabinet an annual status report on the employment of Persons with Disabilities for consideration and action. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
By 2020, engagement with different stakeholders as well as the activities to achieve the commitments will have been kick started but the processes will be continuous.           

Additional commitments

  1. Facilitate formation and operationalization of a National Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) for Persons with Disabilities
Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018