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derrick commented on Twegatte youth health project

Thank you for the comment Mr. Isaac! And apologies for the delayed response.

This project will bring together all youths interested in health, especially immunization within the networks, including doctors, leaders of NGOs, police officers, e.t.c within the district, so that they may advocate for immunization at the social audit and peace-building dialogues as invited speakers from parliament (members of parliament), ministries of government (except where the government specifically directs an official who is not a youth to attend the audit or dialogue as the ministry speaker), youth led-organizations, organizations, military, police, among others, and also participate with other community members as audit and dialogue participants. In addition, youths will also be our project partners through the youth health networks, who will continue to implement the project as we scale to other districts of Uganda. Thence, they will advance accountability as organizers of the social audits, speakers at the social audits and attendants at the audit and dialogue.

Social audits have been used for accountability in various countries including India, Kenya and Rwanda, among others. Please read, Peoples action for just & democratic governance: Using evidence to establish accountability, page 118, and, . However, the problem with these projects is that the community is not involved in determining the social audit or dialogue topic, thence it is the organization or institution organizing the audit or dialogue that determines the topic which leads to the accountability on only that specific topic and the audit or dialogue is concluded, never to be organized again for a follow up. This makes these past social audits and dialogues not sustainable, not structured, only beneficial to the organizing institution and exploitative to the community, since the community is only involved when the organizing institution needs them to hold their leaders to account on their determined topic. So if social audits and dialogues are organized by the community through the youth networks networks on an immunization topic like the polio vaccine, then community members at the social audit can begin to ask government officials questions about polio and the vaccine's availability and access, among others, thence accountability automatically starts with the first question on anything concerning the polio vaccine and follow ups also continue to be organized by the networks on immunization, for example polio vaccine. That's what we mean by community social audits. Organized by youths, in partnership with our organization, led by youths and inclusive of the community for better impact.

Finally, please see our included illustration of the idea and network chart or prototype. (Included in the application)

Thank you, Eunice! Our application is currently updated.


Thanks for the comments.

They have greatly helped me develop my idea, especially under the "Full description", "Who benefits?" and "How is your idea unique?" sections.

Addedly, sections on "Explain your idea" and "Tell us more about you", have also been revised.

Again, thank you!