SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW
The Social Development Sector (SDS) provides community level activities to reduce poverty and set up a platform for the policy review and district Development Plan.
VISION: A better standard of living, equity, and social cohesion of
MISSION: Creation of an enabling environment for social protection and social transformation of communities.
MANDATE: mandate is to empower communities to harness their potential through cultural growth, skills development and labour productivity for sustainable and gender responsive development.
For improved access to quality services, and efficiency in service delivery in all government sectors through community mobilization which will lead to, increased equality, equity and respect for rights of the vulnerable groups through probation and social welfare, and gender responsive planning
Increased community capacity to take informed decisions and participate in the development process and demand for public accountability through community sensitizations and this is manifested through government supported programs as indicated below.
The sector has emphasis on the promotion of social protection, equality, equity, human rights, culture, suitable working conditions,
employment, and the vulnerable groups such as
the women, children, OVC, the unemployed youth, Internally Displaced Persons, the Elderly, Persons With Disability, ethnic
minority like Batwa which are often marginalized and excluded from the benefits of economic growth.
The Social Development Sector is also responsible for mobilizing and empowering Communities to harness their potential, while protecting the rights of vulnerable Population groups.
It promotes cultural growth, non-formal skills development,Labor productivity and gender responsive development, while focusing on reducing Vulnerability associated to being or becoming poor.
The Sector redresses imbalances to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons and also takes affirmative action in favor of the marginalized.
. The sector is comprised of state and non-state actors which include; the , District Women’s Council, Youth Council, Council for Disability, CSO/NGO and FBOs.
While providing direct services to specific vulnerable and marginalized population groups,the sector guides and facilitates the mainstreaming of issues such as rights, employment and gender through influencing and supporting cross cutting activities and program development in other sectors.
Apart from collaborating with Government agencies in implementation, the sector heavily relies on non-state actors both for implementation and financing of programmes.
PROBATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE
The sector provides social welfare which includes child protection and family and a total of 560 families were settled and rights of children were protected
14 juvenile offenders were represented in court that included those who had committed Capital offences, two assault cases released on bail, six aggravated defilement cases, five murder cases, one incest case and one manslaughter case.
12 children who committed capital offences were taken toKabale children remand home 2 more are yet to taken there.
Forty parenting sessions were conducted to improve on up bring of children and rights.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AND ELDERLY SECTION
• In the last financial year we supported five groups with
25 domestic animals and one million five hundred thousand to boost their SACCOs under special grant
• We approved and submitted other three groups to the Ministry for the direct support worth fifteen millions.
•We supported payment of the 2003 older person through SAGE program each getting 25,000/=.
• We supported and promoted four older person council Sitting.
•Supported 3 girls and 4 boys to attend a training skills in Mbarara at Ruti rehabilitation center.
LABOUR SUB SECTOR
• General public sensitized about labor laws to ensure Compliancy
•Compensation cases handled worth 180millions paid to victims
• Collaboration with police, judiciary and local councils in enforcing labor laws
•Rescued about 60 child laborers and integrated them in their communities
• Council guided on labor laws
•Registered 40 work places and about 60 work places were inspected and the managers advised on how to comply with the legal requirements for their improvement
• Timely reporting and participation in meetings.