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WORKING GROUPS

WORKING GROUPS - SSA:UHSNET UGANDA

One of the approaches used by the Network to Lobby and advocate for creation of access to adequate and affordable housing is through the working groups. The key mandate of the working groups is to analyze relevant policies and subsequently repackage them for dissemination to target slum dwelling populations, and finally those target populations taking the lead in advocating for their rights from relevant government organs, as well as being aware of entry points existing in various policies and programs so that they can step up their participation. The working groups comprise of members of the Network and they include land and housing working group; water, sanitation and Environment working group; Gender and HIV/AIDS working group

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR NETWORK WORKING GROUPS

1. LAND AND HOUSING WORKING GROUP

  • Identify key issues and challenges regarding land and housing in Uganda

  • Audit, analyse policy and legal environment (international conventions/instruments, national & local legislation by-laws relevant to land and housing

  • Develop and disseminate position papers, policy briefs & popular versions on issues pertinent to land and Housing in urban slums i.e. land and housing rights, tenure security, building materials, housing finance, infrastructure & services, HIV/AIDS & Gender etc

  • Work with community settlements teams and network members to identify information needs and areas for capacity building on land and housing issues and work with the Secretariat to organise for the same

  • Organise sensitisation and awareness creation workshops for the network members and communities on land and housing issues in urban slums

  • Take the lead in facilitating forums between the public, community, private sector, government and CSOs for engagement and dialogue on relevant laws and other issues pertinent land and housing in urban slums.

  • Identify events relevant to land and housing and take the lead in preparing the network to effectively participate

  • Identify best practices for exposure visits and take the lead in facilitating communities to develop action plans for replication of good practices

2. WATER , SANITATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORKING GROUP

  • Identify key issues and challenges regarding water, sanitation, environment and climate change in Uganda

  • Audit, analyse policy and legal environment (international conventions/instruments, national & local legislation by-laws relevant to land and housing

  • Develop and disseminate position papers, policy briefs & popular versions on issues pertinent to water and sanitation in urban slums i.e. access & quality issues, human & solid waste disposal, greening, linkage to HIV/AIDS and Gender etc

  • Work with community settlements teams and network members to identify information needs and areas for capacity building and work with the Secretariat to organise for the same

  • Organise sensitisation and awareness creation workshops for the network members and communities on water, sanitation & environment issues

  • Take the lead in facilitating forums between the public, community, private sector, government and CSOs for engagement and dialogue on relevant laws and other issues pertinent water, sanitation & environment particularly for urban slums.

  • Identify events relevant to water, sanitation & Environment and take the lead in preparing the network to effectively participate

  • Identify best practices for exposure visits and take the lead in facilitating communities to develop action plans for replication of good practices

  • Take the lead in building a wealth of knowledge on water, sanitation & environment issues

3. GENDER AND HIV/AIDS WORKING GROUP

  • Identify key issues and challenges regarding Gender and HIV/AIDS in Uganda

  • Audit, analyse policy and legal environment (international conventions/instruments, national & local legislation by-laws relevant to Gender and HIV/AIDS

  • Develop and disseminate position papers, policy briefs & popular versions the link between Gender, HIV/AIDS and human settlements

  • Work with community settlements teams and network members to identify information needs and areas for capacity building and work with the Secretariat to organise for the same

  • Organize sensitization and awareness creation workshops for the network members and communities on Gender & HIV/AIDS

  • Take the lead in facilitating forums between the public, community, private sector, government and CSOs for engagement and dialogue on relevant laws and other issues pertinent to Gender and HIV/AIDS in human settlements

  • Identify relevant events and take the lead in preparing the network to effectively participate

  • Link with other working groups in identifying integrated initiatives for exposure visits and participate in facilitating communities to develop action plans for replication of good practices to ensure mainstreaming of Gender & HIV/AIDS issues

  • Link/monitor other working groups to ensure that Gender and HIV/AIDS issues are prioritized within their agenda.



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