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JLOS holds validation workshop for the IEC Policy

Participants at the JLOS IEC Policy validation workshop held at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala on September 25 2014 (PHOTO: JLOS) Participants at the JLOS IEC Policy validation workshop held at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala on September 25 2014 (PHOTO: JLOS)

 

KAMPALA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector on September 25 2014 held a validation workshop for the draft Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Policy. The policy is meant to streamline the IEC function in the seventeen (17) JLOS member institutions through a coordinated system and structure. Participants in the workshop were drawn from sector institutions, the Office of the Prime Minister (Directorate of Information and National Guidance), the Uganda Media Centre, JLOS Development Partner’s Group, civil society organizations and the media fraternity. The objective of the workshop was to review the draft policy proposals and guidelines and assess their alignment to sector goals and objectives and government of Uganda policies and strategies in the IEC domain.

The Solicitor General and chairperson JLOS Steering Committee, Mr. Francis Atoke in his opening remarks said that the JLOS IEC policy is a critical component of the 3Cs (communication, cooperation and coordination) that have greatly facilitated the sector-wide approach in the Justice, Law and Order Sector. He said that the JLOS IEC Policy was conceived out of the need to deepen institutionalization of the information, education and communication function across the sector. He further said that the policy once operationalized shall facilitate the understanding and appreciation of our roles in the administration of justice and the rule of law, specifically in the context of how the sector communicates internally and externally.

The Chairperson JLOS Technical Committee, Mr. Elem Ogwal commended the JLOS Publicity Committee and the JLOS Secretariat for playing a key role in coordinating the IEC consultancy that is being facilitated by Great Lakes Consulting Group – a local communications firm. He said that the sector will continue to support the IEC function given the central role it plays in achieving targets laid out in the Third JLOS Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III).

Mr. Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director Uganda Media Centre in his discussion of the key IEC policy proposals commended the Justice, Law and Order Sector for prioritizing information, education and communication initiatives. He said this was in line with the national communication strategy that provides a communication framework for all government ministries, departments, agencies and local governments. Mr. Opondo further added that the sector should make use of the already available government infrastructure such as the Uganda Media Centre as avenues for information dissemination. He also disclosed that government recently issued guidelines to all media houses to provide free airtime to government officials to engage the public and provide information about government programs.

During the plenary discussions and group review sessions, a number of proposals were made in view of further aligning the policy to the overall sector functional architecture, the diverse needs of various stakeholders (notably vulnerable groups), IEC roles and responsibilities, the use of rich media as dissemination platforms (particularly social media) and the coordination structure for the IEC function as well as implementation strategies and roadmaps.

The IEC policy will further be reviewed and validated within sector structures such as priority area working groups, taskforces and committees.

 

IN PICTURES: JLOS IEC Validation Workshop

 

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JLOS Publicity Committee concludes planning and training retreat

 

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