PDM: UBOS sends data collection trainers to districts and parishes

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has established a team of trainers who will train Parish Development Model (PDM) data collectors in the regions at district and parish levels.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the UBOS headquarters in Kampala, Dr. Chris Mukiza, Executive Director of UBOS revealed that this exercise will help lay the foundation for successful implementation of the PDM.

“This modern application that I launched today will help us identify the real beneficiaries of the PDM through real-time data collection. Using GPS tracking, we will be able to identify and number the characteristics of the households with a focus on those dependent on the subsistence economy,” Mukiza said.

Mukiza also noted that their findings will form a basis for the government to build on when implementing the parish development model.

“It will be risky to release funds for households that are not clearly identified. We will be in the field from the 10th collection for 14 days, by June 24e, the data collection exercise will be carried out. At the beginning of the next financial year, data analysis and other related activities will be carried out and based on this, we can advise on how to send the funds and to whom,” he added.

He further urged all government ministries, departments and agencies to embrace teamwork for success and steady development “because they all have an objective of serving the taxpayer.”

Pamela Kansiime, head of the legal section at UBOS, urged trainers to maintain the oath of confidentiality throughout the process and should be willing to learn more about the whole process.

UBOS, in this program, will coordinate with the Ministry of Local Government, Agriculture, ICT and other government agencies to carry out the national statistical activity.

All baseline information collected will be used to track household progress towards improving seven PDM pillars, namely production and storage, infrastructure, financial inclusion, social services mindset , among others.

All partners from other government departments will be subject to the UBOS Act and will work under the supervision of UBOS senior management.

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