NAP Development Process
During the 2nd UPR review cycle November 2016, a recommendation to the government of Uganda to adopt a National Action Plan on business and human rights was made. The recommendation was accepted and towards this end, in early November 2017, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) organised a colloquium with government for initial discussions on how to move ahead with the implementation of the recommendation. There is support for a NAP from local civil society, academia as well as development partners.
In May 2016, the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) published a Human Rights and Business Country Guide on Uganda, providing country-specific guidance to help companies or businesses respect human rights and contribute to development.
Uganda`s NAP Journey by the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER)
During the 2nd Universal periodic Review (UPR2) in 2016, one of the recommendations to Uganda was to develop an action plan on Business and Human Rights to implement the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP).
The Government of Uganda accepted the recommendation and embarked on the process of developing a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. Following a discussion by the Inter-ministerial Committee (ICM) on Human Rights in a training organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Human Rights, the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social development was identified to coordinate the development of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.
The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) partnered with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development in this process. In February 2019, an Inception meeting was held wherein the stakeholder identification was done together with a road map for the NAP process. Nine regional Consultations were to be conducted between April and June 2019 and so far seven have been concluded. Special focus has been placed on the vulnerable persons in the community by giving them an opportunity to share their plight that arises from their interaction with business activities.
The consultations continue.