Devolution policy and its implication on watershed restoration in eastern Uganda

  • Sarah Akello Makerere University
  • Nelson Turyahabwe College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
  • Haroon Sseguya International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) East Africa Hub, Plot 25, Mikocheni Light Industrial Area
  • Jacob Godfrey Agea College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Abstract

Whereas decentralisation has received support as an institutional panacea to natural resource management, devolution is seen as an effective solution to local collective action in watershed restoration.  Despite conducive institutional and policy environment in Uganda, restoration of Awoja watershed has not been successful.This paper analysed the institutional framework that supports restoration ofAwoja watershed.The study was carried out in Ngora district, employing mixed methods.  Content analysis results indicated weak inter-sectoral linkages between departments, absence of ordinances and bye-laws on watershed restoration as partly reasons for failed restoration.Chi square analysis showed a significant relationship between restoration of vegetation cover and management decision making (P=0.000), community-government relations (P=0.000) and benefit sharing (P=0.002) in Awoja watershed.Thereforerestoration efforts will not gain their full potential unless the linkages between sectors, departments, government and the community are strengthened. This framework review gives insight on how devolution can better the governance of Awoja watershed for appropriate restoration.


Key words: Common Pool Resource, Institutional Analysis and Teso sub region Uganda

Published
Sep 30, 2017
How to Cite
AKELLO, Sarah et al. Devolution policy and its implication on watershed restoration in eastern Uganda. African Journal of Rural Development, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 403-415, sep. 2017. ISSN 2415-2838. Available at: <http://afjrd.org/jos/index.php/afjrd/article/view/229>. Date accessed: 23 feb. 2018.
Section
Submission to Af. J. of Rural Dev't