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SG+

  • BACKGROUND


    Towards the end of 2018, European Union Delegation (EUD) in Uganda partnered with Private Sector Foundation Uganda to identify & resolve bottlenecks to private sector investments both domestic & European businesses.

    Three cross cutting issues i) skills and attitude, ii) anti-corruption & governance and iii) access to finance were prioritized in addition to facilitating trade between Uganda & EU business. Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is working with Enabel to address the first two identified issues i.e., Skills & attitude (Work Readiness Program) and anti-corruption & governance, that resulted into a pilot project named SG+ project. This partnership aims at addressing and resolving bottlenecks to private sector investments and improving business environment in Uganda

    General Objective:

    To help make Uganda's business environment more conducive to inclusive and green investments through increasing the supply of qualified workers, establishing private sector led initiatives to fight corruption and strengthening the private-public sector dialogue


     

  • PROJECT DESIGN AND TARGETS


    The SG+ project has two components that are based on the issues that were identified as hindering factors to the private sector investments and business operations.

    • COMPONENT 1: SKILLS AND ATTITUDE (WORK READINESS PROGRAM)

    The objective is that Graduates entering the labour market are equipped with adequate skills and attitude leading to further productivity of companies.

    A Work-Readiness Programme aims to support the graduate during the first months of their transition to full employment. It targets the skills gaps of the graduate as they transition from learning to work. In particular the SG+ project will fund a Ready to Work Graduate Training program targeting 1000 fresh graduates entering the labour market, equipping them with adequate skills and attitudes and placing them in companies for a period of 6 months, leading to further productivity of targeted companies.

    A specialized coaching program will complement the on-the-job training for those competences (knowledge, attitude) that are better acquired away from the normal workflow with the support of a specialised coach. The training program will be provided by specially selected training companies at a suitable residential place allowing for concentrated learning, continuous monitoring, regular assessment and timely intervention as needed

    Targets:

    • 1000 fresh graduates
    • Graduates that are not more than 2 years after graduation
    • Seeking work in targeted sectors (Manufacturing/agro-processing, Construction, Tourism & Hospitality, ICT & digitalization)
    • 250 companies to host and employ fresh graduates (Priority given to PSFU membership)

    The placed graduates under WRP will be paid a monthly stipend for a period of 6 months on a cost sharing basis with the host companies. A Group Personal Accident Insurance cover for all placed graduates will be procured for the period of 6 months.  Thereafter, the graduates will be under companies’ normal practices as other employees.

    • COMPONENT 2: ANTI-CORRUPTION & GOVERNANCE (GAC)

    The strategic objective for this component is “Practices, evidence-based dialogue and advocacy within the public and private sector are improved to combat corruption’’

    Corruption was among the top three investment constraints to the business community identified. This component, therefore, has a holistic approach based on 4 pillars that have the following results:

    Result 1:          The capacities in e-procurement of private sector companies are enhanced

    Result 2:          Digitalization and integration to allow for the exchange of data between institutional databases to fight corruption

    Result 3:          Corporate governance mechanisms are developed and reinforced including through awards

    Result 4:         Corruption reporting mechanisms are implemented to feed evidence-based advocacy and support the public-private dialogue on corruption

    Targets:

    • 1000 fresh graduates
    • Graduates that are not more than 2 years after graduation
    • Seeking work in targeted sectors (Manufacturing/agro-processing, Construction, Tourism & Hospitality, ICT & digitalization)
    • 250 companies to host and employ fresh graduates (Priority given to PSFU membership)

    The placed graduates under WRP will be paid a monthly stipend for a period of 6 months on a cost sharing basis with the host companies. A Group Personal Accident Insurance cover for all placed graduates will be procured for the period of 6 months.  Thereafter, the graduates will be under companies’ normal practices as other employees.

    • COMPONENT 2: ANTI-CORRUPTION & GOVERNANCE (GAC)

    The strategic objective for this component is “Practices, evidence-based dialogue and advocacy within the public and private sector are improved to combat corruption’’

    Corruption was among the top three investment constraints to the business community identified. This component, therefore, has a holistic approach based on 4 pillars that have the following results:

    Result 1:          The capacities in e-procurement of private sector companies are enhanced

    Result 2:          Digitalization and integration to allow for the exchange of data between institutional databases to fight corruption

    Result 3:          Corporate governance mechanisms are developed and reinforced including through awards

    Result 4:         Corruption reporting mechanisms are implemented to feed evidence-based advocacy and support the public-private dialogue on corruption

    3.0       TARGETS:

    Pillar

    Targets / key activities

    Public Procurement

    ▪                  Collaborate with PPDA to train 40 ToTs on EGP

    ▪                  ToTs will be: Institute of Procurement Professionals Uganda, Procurement and Logistics Management Association and Justice and Peace- Episcopal

    ▪                  Train 200 companies / business enterprises on use of EGP

    ▪                  Organize information sharing sessions with potential bidders and public awareness campaigns and strategic dialogue and feedback sessions.

    Digitalization and data integration

    ▪        Collaborate with NITA to compile and share information on e-government digitalized services

    ▪        Train 60 companies / private sector enterprises about Government digitalization

    ▪        Facilitate strategic dialogues  for policy advocacy and feedback sessions between NITA and private sectors actors

    Corporate Governance

    ▪        Develop relevant corporate governance tools based on the assessment findings

    ▪        Train 80 private sector companies and enterprises in corporate governance tools and mechanisms and make follow-up on their uptake

    ▪        Develop and implement award mechanism

    Corruption reporting facility

    •        Develop a private sector-led Corruption Reporting Facility to generate reports on corruption experiences of companies / enterprises

    •        Sensitize members on use of CRF.

    •        Analyze data, identify corruption trends, create visual illustrations and generate policy briefs for advocacy purposes

    •        Hold high-level policy dialogue with stakeholders (Private Sector, GoU ministerial, presidential, EU) to discuss anti-corruption evidence based issues within SB4U framework/task force

     

     

  • WITH WHOM WE WORK


    Private sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is a co-implementor of the SG+ Project with the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) facilitated by funding from the European Union (EU) and Government of Uganda (GoU).

     

     

     

  • PRIORITY SECTORS


    Priority sector cut across the two components of the SG+ Project, namely Skills and Attitude/Work Readiness Program (WRP) and Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC). They include the following:

    1. Manufacturing/agro-processing
    2. Construction
    3. Tourism & Hospitality
    4. ICT & digitalization
  • FOR PROJECT INQUIRIES


    SG+ Plus Project Information Desk

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    Tel: 0312263850