UPIMAC has since 1999 been involved in the Decentralization processes in Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and our individual Experts have worked in Kenya, Rwanda, Swaziland, Malawi, South Sudan, Ghana and Zambia.
Our experts are very conversant with the concept of decentralization. The transfer of authority to plan, make decisions and manages public functions from a higher level of government and to a lower level. A participatory model of local governance fostering accountability, transparency and openness demanding adoption of high ethical standards in the conduct of public affairs. Our exports have a wide knowledge base to critically appraise the performance of local governments in key areas such as planning and budgeting, procurement, Human Resource Management, financial management and audit, monitoring and evaluation and transparency and accountability. Our experts are able to examine transactions, enquire into use of public resources and the exercise of authority by public officials through Annual local government Performance assessments. They are able to make recommendations and provide solutions which are tailored to local problems to reflect the special circumstances of the respective local authorities.
As a firm, UPIMAC aims at empowering communities by designing effective strategies for people to participate in social, economic and political processes in order to bring about positive change. We are conscious that sustainable socio-economic development which improves the quality of life of people can only be achieved through mobilizing individuals’ own efforts for effective and efficient utilization of limited and scarce resources.
UPIMAC ensures effective mobilization by liaising with a variety of agencies, groups and individuals in order to create awareness, understanding, and improved response to interventions. We work hand in hand with local institutions including community based organizations, women groups, community own resource persons, NGOS, the media and local government institutions to facilitate structural change and development within the community.
Our network of operation stretches to all regions of the country, from national to grass root level as well as internationally. Our experts have worked extensively on donor and government funded programmes with both local and central government in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, etc. at all levels.
- Provision of key strategic information, education, communication (IEC) interventions to create awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and influence adoption of behaviors that protect people from HIV infection.
- Training, assessing impact of HIV/AIDS in workplaces
- Having HIV/AIDS interventions
- Working out mitigation measures for the negative impact of HIV/AIDS
- Managing HIV/AIDS, interventions in communities
- Advising on coordination mechanism and policy development as well as programmatic approaches and strategies
- Advising on resource mobilization
- Advising on gender issues and involuntary of PHA.
- HIV/AIDS interventions in other key development activities
- To carry out research
- Development of a databank.
UPIMAC recognizes the need to have comprehensive and well-integrated development plans generated under a participatory arrangement (most cases applying a bottom up approach). We appreciate the need to prepare plans that reflect the needs of the local people or the intended beneficiary of the plan. We are also aware of the need for various organizations to equip their staff with development planning skills, knowledge and attitudes that empower them to participate effectively in the planning process.
UPIMAC provides a range of strategic and operation services to assist clients/ organizations prepare good plans that do not only reflect the needs of the people but takes into account the local environment as well.
We believe that well developed integrated development plans should relate the concept of development to poverty; the process of planning must be participatory; only priority areas should be addressed and the plan should be people centered.
UPIMAC concentrates on the provision of specific financial management and budgeting consulting services to clients primarily in the public sector; NGO/CBOs, government ministries and departments, higher and lower local governments, agencies and organizations etc. It is recognized that the financial management and accounting requirements of public sector organizations differ slightly but all call for greater demand for accountability.
UPIMAC retains professionals with substantive executive and operational experience in all aspects of public sector financial management and budgeting. We are able to apply ‘’best business practice’’ in this most critical area of an organization‘s operations.
Complementing our strategic planning capabilities, UPIMAC is able to assist client institutions in implementing and managing large scale, corporate systems and change projects. Our professionals combine a thorough understanding of the emerging technologies with a developed appreciation of our local environment.
We stress the forging of strategic alliance and linkages between the end user and operational groups.
At UPIMAC, we do carry out extensive impact assessments both environmental and social. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is done to determine how the environment responds to the project in question while Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is carried out to ascertain the extent of a project to society.
Under Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), UPIMAC is obliged to assess a particular project’s impacts on society before it begins for instance a new road, dam, an airport, a mine, a port or an industrial plant among others. The firm goes further to identify the environmental and social impacts of a proposed project prior to decision-making in order to predict environmental impacts at an early stage in project planning and design.
Through Social Impact Assessment (SIA), we are able to critically analyze, monitor and manage the expected and unexpected positive and negative social consequences of the interventions i.e. of particular projects or programs and policies and any other social change processes brought about by those planned interventions above for a sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment.
Results of the assessments do aid our consultants in ascertaining the extent of risk during implementation and evaluation of projects/programs.
Our experts provide programme and project evaluation services to clients in a wide variety of situations. We focus on programme or project effectiveness. We understand the need in programme/project evaluation for the application of consistent and sound principles and guidelines. We are familiar with the principles and guidelines set out by the regional central governments, operations of higher and lower local governments and well conversant with major development partners including the World Bank, EU etc.
For proper planning of projects, Impact Assessment is key at all stages of infrastructural projects be it constructing roads, dams, mines, industrial facilities, infrastructural among others. Impact Assessment helps in identifying the anticipated or actual impacts of a development intervention, on social, economic and environmental factors which the intervention is designed to affect or may inadvertently affect.
Successful approaches to rural development require multi sectoral concepts, which take account of both the local and global context of the social and economic reality in the rural areas. Adequate framework conditions are important determinants in this respect. They are key prerequisites for responsible action on the target groups and other key participants. Therefore UPIMAC Consultancy Services, beyond other key areas of intervention, offers all-important components of organizational and regional development.
Aware that the Public Sector is the principal actor in macro socio economic policy and a vehicle for national development. Our advice on adopting diverse approaches to reforming key institutional arrangements which include:
• Increasing devolution and decentralization;
• Strengthening competitive pressures;
• Transforming workforce structures, size and Human Resource Management arrangements;
• Changing budget practices and procedures and;
• Introducing results oriented approaches to budgeting and management.
We put emphasis on use of performance information in budget processes that seek to move the focus of decision making in budgeting away from inputs (how much money can get) towards measurable results (what can I achieve with this money), our consultants are able to apply this tool.
We also focus on Government ministries, Independent departments, Commissions and authorities, Parastatals as well as NGOs and CBOs. UPIMAC ensures efficient and effective delivery of services in the Public Sector by applying appropriate management strategies including:
• Performance Management System (PMS);
• Performance Evaluation, Assessment and Review (PEAR); Impact Assessments
• Value for Money Audit (VFMA);
• Work Improvement Teams (WIT);
• Computerization of Personnel Management Systems (CPMS);
• Organizations and Method (O&M);
• Rationalization of the Institution Functions and Management;
• Sizing of staff establishments.
Sustainable Development and quality service delivery cannot occur without adequate trained personnel; whether in management and administration, technical services or community development. UPIMAC has extensive experience in undertaking capacity building activities like training, undertaking capacity needs assessment, drawing up training plans and carrying out other human resource development capacity initiatives that lead themselves to meeting the needs of clients in various sectors and levels. In internalizing and applying the guiding principles of a capacity building strategy in any sector. Our consultants are aware that the effectiveness of any capacity building strategy relies on a shared understanding of the following guiding principles:
• Need for coordination;
• Build on existing efforts and best practices;
• Demand Driven Approach i.e. designed according to the different needs of the institution;
• Intervention should be outcome based aimed at achieving certain pre-determined level of capacity for the institution beyond which the institution should be able to function on its own;
• Monitoring mechanism development of monitoring tools to measure capacity development of the institution;
• Facilitation role is very important for strengthening the sense of ownership of the capacity building process by other stakeholders, which is a pre-requisite for success;
• Sustainability, raising program awareness, attracting funding, building advocates and stakeholders, engaging partners and gaining the necessary institutional and human resources capacity;
• Lastly, integration. The three elements of capacity building (Individual, institutional and environmental) are all related and integrated aiming at targeting and addressing challenges at all the three levels.