It is such an important milestone to mark in the humanitarian sector in Uganda, most especially the local and national organisations celebrating the first year of working together as a collective. The Humanitarian Platform was launched on 7th March 2018 by the Minister of Disaster Preparedness Relief and Refugees, Hon. Eng Hilary Onek. The platform has within a relatively short time registered imperative footsteps with the guidance of a passionate and committed steering committee. The Humanitarian Platform Steering Committee includes, CAFOMI, DRT, InterAid Uganda, LIPRO Uganda, Uganda Red Cross Society, TPO Uganda, Legal Aid Clinic, DENIVA, CEFORD, URDMC, AWYAD, OXFAM Uganda and Uganda National NGO Forum.
On 5th December 2018, the platform held the end of year steering committee meeting to reflect, take note of the challenges, consolidate key lessons and look out for opportunities to strengthen the platform. During this meeting, the platform committee was privileged to host Anna Maria Leichtfried, Lezlie Velez and Michael Nabugere, all from the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister. The team presented the CRRF roadmap which was launched in 2017 and adopted in January 2018 during the 2nd CRRF steering committee meeting as one of the opportunities the platform can tap into to influence the humanitarian agenda. Most importantly, this was to begin a fundamental conversation between the CRRF secretariat and the Humanitarian Platform; understanding the role of the local and national organisations in the CRRF roadmap 2018/2020; and ensuring that the efforts of the local and national organisations are strategically intentional to Humanitarian response.
During the steering committee meeting, members also agreed that the platform further describes its structure more strategically and where it’s heading not forgetting the exit strategy by putting into place a proper strategic plan. The platform to step up and engage in policy development and advocacy, but most importantly to prove intentional relevancy and point of reference in the humanitarian sector and as a point of reference
Story by Clare Kyasiimire