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Policy Advocacy and Coordination

The Directorate of Fisheries Resources engages with stakeholders, policymakers, and international organizations to advocate for policies and initiatives that promote sustainable fisheries management and development.

Below are some of the activities implemented by DiFR, along with our partners, agencies, and organizations:

Previous Policy Advocacy and Coordination Activities:

- Policy Review and Analysis: Conducted in collaboration with:

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  • National Fisheries Advisory Committee
  • International organizations providing technical assistance

- Stakeholder Consultations and Workshops: Organized with participation from:

  • Fishing communities and associations
  • Civil society organizations (CSOs) working on fisheries issues
  • Private sector representatives

- Policy Dialogue Forums:  Facilitated by:

  • Policy research institutes
  • Think tanks focusing on agriculture and natural resources management

- Drafting and Amendment of Fisheries Laws and Regulations: Supported by:

  • Legal experts specializing in fisheries legislation
  • Parliamentary committees responsible for fisheries oversight

- Partnership Building with other Government Ministries and Agencies: Established with:

  • Ministry of Water and Environment
  • Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives
  • Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development

Current Policy Advocacy and Coordination Activities:

- Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation: Conducted with:

  • Monitoring and evaluation units within government agencies
  • Independent evaluators or consultants

- Policy Briefs and Position Papers: Developed in collaboration with:

  • Policy advocacy organizations
  • Research institutions specializing in fisheries policy analysis

- Multi-Stakeholder Platforms: Facilitated by:

  • National fisheries forums or councils
  • Multi-sectoral task forces on fisheries management

- Engagement with Regional and International Bodies: Participating in:

  • Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs)
  • International agreements and conventions on fisheries management

- Media and Public Relations Campaigns: Conducted with:

  • Public relations firms
  • Media outlets for disseminating key policy messages

Future Policy Advocacy and Coordination Activities:

- Policy Impact Assessments: Undertaken with support from:

  • Policy research institutes
  • Evaluation specialists conducting impact assessments

- Policy Innovation Labs: Organized in collaboration with:

  • Innovation hubs and think tanks
  • Government innovation departments

- Policy Dialogues on Emerging Issues: Facilitated with:

  • Expert panels and roundtable discussions
  • Academic institutions hosting policy forums

- Advocacy for Budgetary Allocations: Conducted in partnership with:

  • Parliamentary committees on budget and finance
  • Fiscal policy advocacy organizations

- Policy Implementation Roadmaps: Developed with assistance from:

  • Implementation task forces and working groups
  • Technical assistance providers supporting policy implementation processes

These policy advocacy and coordination activities aim to influence decision-makers, shape policy agendas, and foster multi-stakeholder collaboration for effective fisheries management and governance in Uganda. Collaboration with diverse stakeholders ensures broad-based support and implementation of policy initiatives.