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The East African : Mar 23rd 2015
The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 21-27,2015 PENAL CODE: PROPOSAL Uganda wants ‘paying for sex’ made a crime Cu≥≥ently, the law only punishes those who p≥ovide the se≥vices By EVELYN LIRRI Special Correspondent Our biggest challenge has always been to get the proof.” Fr Simon Lokodo State Minister for Ethics and Integrity wants to amend the Penal Code to make it criminal to pay for sex. Currently, the law is silent U on people who procure the services of sex workers and only punishes those who provide it. State Minister for Eth- ics and Integrity Fr Simon Lokodo said it was unfair to punish only those who offer sex for money or other material benefits and let the ones who procure the services go ganda’s Directorate of Ethics and Integrity free. This, he said, is the reason why sex work has been growing in the country over the years. “If there are no buyers, these sex workers are not going to be in the cold all night. So now my ministry is already working to amend the law so that it can impose an equally harsh punishment on those who procure the services of these people,” explained Fr Lokodo. Sex work is illegal in Ugan- da and offenders face up to seven years in jail on conviction, according to section 139 of the Penal Code. However, the law does not spell out any punishment for those who procure the services of sex workers. The Penal Code Act 1950 (138 & 139) defines a sex worker as a person who, in public or elsewhere, regularly or habitually holds himself or herself out as available for sexual intercourse or other sexual gratification for monetary or other material gain. Because it is illegal, Fr Lokodo said, the practice is not considered “work”. On several occasions, po- lice have arrested sex workers on the streets or from brothels and taken them to court, where magistrates usually impose a small fine on them. Often, the majority will re- turn to the streets and continue with their business. “The law will help us, espe- cially if the people who have bought the services of the sex workers are caught in the act. Our biggest challenge has always been to get the proof,” explained Fr Lokodo. Most sex workers operate from the streets, where they are often arrested. Picture: File FOCUS ON CAUSE Jackie Asiimwe-Mwesige, a lawyer and human-rights activist said instead of trying to amend the law, the government should establish why so many women end up on the streets to offer sex for money. “It has a lot to do with poverty, a person’s background and other factors that should be the focus,” she said. 17 THE EAST AFRICA TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUB (EATIH) CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS (IC) The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) is a five-year USAID project intended to spur inclusive economic growth by promoting an enabling environment for trade and investment with and within the East African region. The project builds upon prior investments to increase regional trade competitiveness and reduce poverty through: • Integrated East Africa Community (EAC) market with full implementation of the EAC Customs Union and Common Market Initiatives. • • Increased regional competitiveness driving growth in trade, investment and agriculture. Increased two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and East and sub-Saharan Africa. The project pursues these goals through four integrated components: 1. ICT and Investment 2. Agriculture and Agribusiness 3. Trade Promotion and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) 4. Trade Policy and Regulatory Reform Since 2011, the EAC Secretariat along with other food security stakeholders has developed the EAC Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) with support from USAID. The EAC RFBS is a snapshot of food availability by country in the region reflecting production, consumption, stocks and losses. EATIH invites qualified consultants (individuals) with technical expertise and a proven record in East Africa to undertake the assessment of the Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS). SPECIFIC TASKS • • • • • • • • Assess the performance of the RFBS against the performance benchmarks (monthly uploads of data and periodic report dissemination to target users). Assess the soundness of the process used for its development and implementation. Identify the challenges that undermine RFBS functionality by auditing the institutional arrangement, including roles and responsibilities towards effectiveness and its sustainability. Review of the RFBS management structure encompassing the day to day management at the EAC Secretariat, reporting structure and perform a system audit. Assess institutional RFBS based information needs and how the institutions are currently coping in absence of a functional RFBS. Obtain institutional views on relevance of RFBS to the users and their recommendations on what needs to be done to ensure the RFBS lives up to their expectations. Review the effectiveness of the current RFBS communication strategy. Compile the RFBS assessment report with clear recommendations on the way forward on actions that need to be taken to either continue with or end the support to RFBS. Participate in a regional workshop that will be convened by EAC to map out the future of RFBS, based on the assessment report findings. ELIGIBILITY • • • A post graduate degree in agricultural economics, economics, business or any related social science postgraduate degree. Must have 10 years working experience on EAC regional trade policy, agribusiness and agriculture. Knowledge and experience in agriculture trade management information systems will be an added advantage. HOW TO APPLY: Download the detailed scope of work from https://eatradehub.nationbuilder.com/rfbs_consultant Interested candidates should send their proposal to procurementTIH@eatradehub.org by Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5.00pm East African Time. The proposal submitted should have; • • • Curriculum Vitae (not more than 5 pages). Proposed technical approach to the EAC RFBS assessment Past work experience schedule stating assignment title, brief description of the assignment, client name, value of work done and point of contact. • • • Three (3) referees (references listed should be from supervisors or other individuals who reviewed consultancy work completed). At least one sample assessment or a deliverable that is similar to this assignment. A copy of the highest awarded education certificate. HOW TO APPLY: Download the detailed scope of work from www.eatradehub.org Interested candidates should send their applications to partnershipfundTIH@eatradehub.org by Monday, 20 April 2015, 5.00pm East African Time. THE EAST AFRICA TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUB REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS Issuance Date Closing Date Closing Time Subject Reference (YOUNG INNOVATORS IN AGRIBUSINESS COMPETITION) : 21 March 2015 : Monday, 20 April 2015 (30 days after the date of issuance) : 11:59 pm local time, Nairobi : Request for Applications (RFA) Number 001, Request for applications for Young Innovators in Agribusiness competition : Issued Under East Africa Trade and Investment Hub USAID Contract No. AID-623-C-14-00006 BACKGROUND The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) partners with East African and U.S. businesses to attract investment that drives economic growth and transforms the East African private sector into vibrant global trading partners. Improving the region’s trade competitiveness, encouraging the diversification of exports beyond natural resources, and promoting broader, more inclusive economic growth will lead to more food secure and resilient East African communities. EATIH is the U.S. government’s flagship project under the presidential Trade Africa initiative, launched in 2013 to boost trade and investment with and within Africa. EATIH is implemented by Development Alternatives Inc., DAI. OVERALL OBJECTIVES EATIH seeks to identify youth-led agricultural-based initiatives that can leverage the use of technology and innovation to create scalable businesses while providing both employment and market access to small-scale farmers across the East African Community (EAC). Supporting youth-led agribusinesses will increase overall employment and should have a catalytic impact on the region’s economic development. We are looking to identify organizations that can show measurable results from past execution of youth and agriculture focused business competitions. We would like to support private organizations that work with youth in agriculture in the creation and execution of business ideas that have the potential to attract investment in the region and help commercialize small-scale farming. DAI anticipates issuing a one grant award over a one year period of a standard grant type of up to a maximum of $600,000 to the successful organization. The standard grant allows for advances and requires detailed monitoring of actual costs incurred. As part of financial reporting, all receipts and invoices must be submitted to the project to reconcile advances. Under these procedures, successful organizations must demonstrate sufficient financial and management responsibility before the project can award the grant. DAI reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Applications must be received at the EATIH offices in Nairobi not later than 30 days after the date of issuance indicated at the top of this cover letter at the place designated below for receipt of applications. Applications and modifications thereof shall be submitted in pdf (preferred) or other electronic format to partnershipfundTIH@eatradehub.org. Award will be made to the responsible applicant(s) whose application(s) offers the best value. Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of DAI, nor does it commit DAI to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, DAI reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense. Any questions concerning this RFA should be submitted in writing not later than 10 days prior to the closing date shown above to partnershipfundTIH@eatradehub.org. Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application.
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