8 Poverty alleviation, civil society and gender

Decisions on where a road should be constructed, what standard is acceptable and how the road is to be maintained are often made at central and local government level. For the most part, members of communities, women in particular, are not consulted. The result is a lack of local ownership with roads being seen as "their road' (government) rather than "our road" (community). Involving communities in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roads can lead to a sense of ownership with communities taking on greater responsibility for the long-term well-being of the road, either in financial contribution or in kind.

This section contains details of how civil society views the road sector in Uganda. It also includes details on the country's commitments to gender equality and sustainability development goals for the transport sector. In addition, the section includes reports prepared by the Danish International Development Agency covering gender mainstreaming, HIV policy, health and safety guidelines, and a review of its socio-economic development sub-component.