Public Policy Institute (PPI)

Programmes

Programme Overview

PPI’s inaugural programme document sets a 10-year strategic direction for the Institute. The Institute programming aspires to bridge the gap between government and the citizens in matters of public policy by facilitating a structured mechanism for the citizens to engage with the State at the highest levels of decision-making. PPI’s programming is a shift away from the traditional practices where CSOs have mostly taken an adversarial approach in engaging with the state. The state and CSOs must see each other as partners with shared goals to improve public policy design and delivery. This will further strengthen citizen-state bargaining in the process of making public policies.

The primary problem being addressed by PPI in its inaugural 10 years phase is that ‘civil society and citizens are not participating in and contributing to public policy making, implementation and evaluation. This problem is because of the limited knowledge among civil society public policy actors about how government in Uganda works (regarding public policy making) and the opportunities for policy influence. This is worsened by the lack of opportunities for the policy designing departments of government to interact with citizens in the process of agenda setting, policy design and implementation

PPI is employing its theory of change as its implementation logic model. The choice of the theory of change is to design programmes that are iterative in nature to allow learning and adaptation along way. Based on a set of assumptions and preconditions, PPI’s theory of change is that public policies that respond to the development needs of society shall be realised only if citizens and citizens’ groups are able to influence the design, delivery and evaluation of such policies.

Current Programme

1. Civil Society Election Engagement Platform (CEEP)

The Civil Society Elections Engagement Platform (CEEP) is an initiative of the Public Policy Institute together with partners designed to reignite civil society interest in advocating for and contributing to a conducive electoral environment that upholds issue-based campaigns and free and fair electoral practices. This programme provides real time and evidence-based election analysis and statistics as a basis for public discussions through a nonpartisan forum.

The project objectives are to;

(i) promote active citizens political participation in election processes;

(ii) strengthen the civil society policy platform as a facilitator of collaborative engagements with various stakeholders on election delivery and management;

(iii) promote #ArtSpeaks as a new approach to engaging in civic and voter education by both government and civil society actors. The ultimate goal is to secure the democratic rights of all Ugandans through the conduct of free and fair elections that enhance public awareness and confidence in the electoral process and complies with existing policy and legal context.

2. #ArtSpeaks

In 2018, PPI working alongside Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine arts at Makerere University as well as with several young and emerging artists under a loose network code named #ArtSpeaks, pioneered the art and popular culture initiative to amplify the application of art and popular culture as a new form of promoting citizens’ voice and agency.

The #ArtSpeaks Network is a coalition of young and emerging industrial, fine and performing artists who have come together to use their talents to promote citizens voice and agency for social justice causes. The group with support from the Public Policy Institute has designed the #ArtSpeaks2020 initiative to strengthen the organisational and innovative capacities of young and emerging artists as well as position them to support mainstream civil society campaigns for electoral integrity.

#ArtSpeaks nurtures talents and imaginations of emerging artists, enhances their creative capacities and facilitates them to reach out to more individuals especially the youth with audio-visuals and other art products.