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Wider civil society in Uganda includes many voluntary organisations including cooperatives, traditional churches and other citizens’ organisations. The 1989 Act defines an NGO as an organisation established to provide voluntary services, including religious, educational, literary, scientific, social or charitable services to the whole community or any part of it.

NGOs in Uganda are governed by the NGO Registration Act 1989 (available to subscribers at Uganda Online Law Library) which was amended by the NGO Registration (Amendment) Act 2006. The NGO Regulations were published in 1990.

Government-NGO policy: The Government, under the Prime Minister’s Office, published a draft NGO Policy in 2008.

Reporting requirements: The Registration Act does require NGOs to submit annual reports.

Sector Wide Approach (SWAp):

The SWAp is a mechanism whereby the government, development partners and civil society support a single sub-sector policy, development plan and programme, which is under government leadership and follows common approaches.

In Uganda it has been in place for the WASH sector since 2002 and UWASNET is officially mandated to represents the civil society within it.