Fighting Poverty through Parliament

Stephen Kaduuli

York University


The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is used to tackle poverty at the grassroots through financing development at constituency level through the elected Members of Parliament. It is seen as a new multi-faceted approach, which bypasses red tape, to allow people at the grassroots to decide their development priorities even in areas where Government programmes are not felt. It is a form of decentralization of development planning and a way to complement other governmental poverty reduction initiatives.

Uganda followed the footsteps of Kenya by introducing the CDF in 2005. However, on its operationalisation, the recommended laid down guidelines were not followed and there is, up to now, no regulatory framework to oversee the utililisation of the funds. Most MP's have not accounted for the first release of the disbursed CDF funds and yet they have received a second disbursement.

The CDF must be streamlined to be all-inclusive with various stakeholders being involved in its formulation and implementation. They should be involved in the debate and refinement of this policy and also to ensure its successful implementation.

Keywords: CDF, constituency development fund, Uganda, poverty, Kenya, AFLI

JEL Classification: I30

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Date posted: March 9, 2008 ; Last revised: August 31, 2014

Suggested Citation

Kaduuli, Stephen, Fighting Poverty through Parliament (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1104162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1104162

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Stephen Charles Kaduuli (Contact Author)
York University ( email )
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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
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