PSFU updates

Private Sector One Dollar HIV&AIDS Initiative (ODI)

Despite the significant achievements made to date in Uganda, HIV&AIDS still remains a challenge, with remarkable high HIV prevalence with new infections working population. While Government of Uganda has invested considerable resources in combating HIV and AIDS, there is still a lot of dependence on external foreign donors especially for the purchase of HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment commodities.

On Sunday, 9th December 2018, private sector players together with other delegates joined in a walk/run to promote the One dollar Initiative (ODI).

The One Dollar HIV & AIDS Initiative Uganda (ODI) is a private sector led innovative mechanism aimed at raising domestic resources to support HIV & AIDS national response. HIV & AIDS does not only affect consumption and profitability of business but also destabilizes the overall business environment in the Country.

ODI’s purpose therefore is to engage the private sector to create an endowment fund to support treatment and to stop the flow of new infections.

The ODI clearly aligns with the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act (2014) which emphasizes the value of multi-sector collaboration and increased domestic investment in health as one of the ways that will ensure its sustainable control.

The walk/run kicked off from City Square, Kampala to UMA Show grounds and it was under the theme ‘Until it’s over’.

Mr. Patrick Bitature said, “This is not a tax but a moral obligation for every Ugandan to make a commitment by contributing at least one dollar (Shs 4,000) and this can be done once a year, every month, every week or every day.”

The Chairperson, One Dollar Initiative, Vinand Nantulya said that the campaign is aimed at building an endowment fund worth US$ 1 billion over a period of 5 years which when invested through banks in form of treasury bills and bonds should give at least 10 percent interest.

We encourage members of the Private Sector to donate generously to this cause.

To donate via mobile money, follow the steps below;

MTN

Dial *165*4*4#

Enter merchant code: onedollar

Enter reference: type your name

Enter amount:e.g. 5000

Enter pin:****

Send

AIRTEL

Dial *185*4*9#

Enter business number:300600

Enter Amount: e.g. 5000

Enter reference: type your name

Enter pin to confimr:****

Send

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For more information, visit PSFU offices, Plot 43 Nakasero Road, Kampala

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Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project – Call for proposal for the Distribution Challenge Fund

The Government of Uganda (GOU) received a Grant from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund operated by the World Bank, towards the cost of the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project (UCCSCEP). The aim of UCCSCEP is to expand both access to, and adoption of, cleaner and more efficient cooking solutions, reduce household air pollution and related burden of disease, and reduce household consumption of and expenditure for biomass cooking fuels.  GOU approved the Private Sector Foundation Uganda to be the implementing agency for the UCCSCEP.

The key component of the project is the Distribution Challenge Fund (DCF), which is a competitive grant that has been operational since December 2016. The DCF comprises several lines of support designed as a market incentive for participating consortia (consortia are made up of one efficient biomass stove manufacturer and one or more distributors) to enable more efficient value chains by providing: (i) concessional finance in the form of both upfront financing and results-based financing for helping with the working capital and scaling up distribution networks, and (ii) cost sharing consumer engagement and marketing campaigns to eligible manufacturer-distributor consortia including for flexible payment sales promotion schemes to consumers.

Currently, the DCF supports four consortia and wishes to expand the program by including more actors in order to reach more households and accelerate the adoption of clean cooking technology in Uganda.

PSFU is therefore calling for proposals from other local and international stove manufacturers of improved cook stoves, who will be required to form a consortium with one or several distributors, to participate in the DCF.

For more details, http://www.psfuganda.org/buds-ert/

 

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Private sector dialogue on achieving Uganda’s climate actions

Entebbe – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) Climate Change Department (CCD) in collaboration with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and other development partners including UNFCCC RCC Kampala, NDC Partnership, and GIZ organized a two days (25th to 26th October 2018) dialogue on private sector engagement in climate action with specific focus on Uganda’s “Nationally Determined Contributions” (NDC).

Private actors have not only provided the much-needed finances for various climate change mitigation projects but have also facilitated technology development and transfer as well enabled infrastructure development that have all contributed positively to mitigating climate change. To enable a transformation change to low carbon development, the momentum of the private sector must be turned into more ambitious climate action.

To enable a transformation change to low carbon development, the momentum of the private sector must be turned into more ambitious climate action. There is still a gap as the private sector has limited information on the various financing mechanisms available for implementation of climate actions. There is therefore need for the private sector to be guided on the innovative finance mechanisms available and approaches to leverage public- private sector finance.

“We need to go beyond making money. We need to focus on the policy and legal actions that we can take up to reduce emissions and fight climate change,” Said Gideon Badagawa, Executive Director, PSFU

Participants during a group discussion at the Private sector dialogue hosted in Entebbe

The dialogue brought together representatives from companies in the different sectors including renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, biomass and manufacturing. Representatives from financing institutions and international development agencies participated. The discussions during the 2 days dialogue revolved around the regional and national financing opportunities to leverage the private sector for climate action.

Private sector participants emphasized the need to involve all renewable energy sector stakeholders in policy discussions and incentives; coordination among players through developing a strategy to identify key stakeholders and roles for each player; and sensitization and awareness is very critical in the public domain regarding climate change action.

The ‘Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Support Programme is an integrated project to improve livelihoods through climate actions that build national resilience & contribute to mitigation of climate change.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mobile money tax: shrink in transactions hurting the economy

Private Sector Foundation Uganda together with some of its members met with the Parliamentary Committee on Finance on Tuesday, 7th August and advised the Committee that the debate on Mobile Money should continue until a comprehensive and unbiased study is done on the effects of the tax on the Country’s economy visa vie its benefits.

According to Mr. Moses Ogwal, Director, Private Sector Development, there has been a very evident impact of the law barely two weeks after implementation where the turnover on Mobile Money has reduced by 60%. He advised that it would be better for Government to avoid taxing Mobile Money users rather consider sharing revenue with telecommunications companies by stepping up the excise duty from 15% to 17.5%. He further emphasized that the tax discourages financial inclusion. The private Sector argued that Telecom companies cannot shift the entire tax to the Mobile money users since they are also working towards attracting more customers to the service.

“We may be excited about how much we are going to get as revenue, which may not collect, but also we should not act at the cost of business growth” Stated Mr. Gideon Badagawa, ED PSFU

More details; https://www.softpower.ug/mobile-money-tax-shrink-in-transactions-hurting-the-economy-says-private-sector/

 

 

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START Facility: Deadline for submission of applications extended to 21st August 2018

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, 21ST AUGUST 2018

Proposals for commercially viable investment projects focused on agro-processing / value addition e.g. processing plants, storage facilities and any other agricultural value addition projects in Northern Uganda are encouraged to take note of this extension and apply accordingly

Download the submission form here >> START Facility form

 

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Gender equality in 2030: Transformations and opportunities for the business world.

The Ugandan Team represented at the 4th Global Forum, in Chile led by PSFU Executive Director Gideon Badagawa. Constituted by UNDP and representatives from the Private sector.

Over 400 Development leaders, entrepreneurs and Government representatives gathered in Santiago, Chile from 26th February to 1st March 2018, to share ideas and discuss What must governments, the business sector and trade unions do to make this dream of Gender Equality a reality

The gathering – organized by the Chilean government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the ILO and UN Women – highlighted the importance of gender equality in the private sector.

One solution that was highlighted on the agenda is the UNDP-supported Gender Equality Seal program, a unique initiative that certifies companies that have eliminated pay gaps, increased the number of women in decision-making positions, and worked to end sexual harassment on the job.

Today, some of UNDP-certified companies in Uganda are leading the way in building a more balanced global workforce. For example, Hostalite Uganda led by Mr. Dickson Mushabe who represented too at the Forum shared his story how he increased number of female employees and he testifies that the decisions made by the female employees have boosted productivity and creativity at Hostalite Uganda.

Private Sector Foundation Uganda in partnership with UNDP-Uganda has to-date mobilised in total 41 companies to sign on to the Gender Equality Seal Certification programme. We are certain that this programme will enable them bring more efficiency, sustainability and productivity amongst the companies.

“PSFU is working with UNDP to eliminate marginalization, deprivation and prejudice against women in our workplace environments. Therefore, we encourage more companies to register and sign up with us on this programme so we can help them improve their work environments”. Said, Gideon Badagwa, Executive Director, PSFU

Our focus as PSFU is to support all efforts towards;

  1. Elimination of gender-based pay gaps for equal work
  2. Eliminating Sexual harassment and the use of sexist communication in workplace environments
  3. Women nurtured, mentored into positions of leadership and management at all levels Private companies.
  4. Promoting work life balance and providing for flexi hours especially for women raising children even after maternity leave.
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