The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commended Oxfam for their credible work globally and especially in Uganda to uplift the wellbeing of the people especially the youth, women and the elderly.
The Premier said Government was ready to work with them and any other credible civil society organisations (CSOs) contributing to the development of the country.
Dr Rugunda made the remarks while receiving officials from Oxfam who were led by the chief executive Oxfam Ireland, Jim Clarken at the office of the Prime Minister on Thursday.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organisations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
The Premier said the debate on the NGO bill should continue because the country was focused on passing legislation which will get rid of fake NGOs which get resources on behalf of the people and yet they do nothing with those resources.
“Well meaning and credible organisations suffer their reputation because of such NGOs and Government suffers because they don’t get the best out of the credible partners,” Rugunda said.
He also applauded the excellent relationship between Uganda and Ireland adding that the country values the contribution to Uganda over the years especially in the fields of education and health.
Oxfam chief executive, Jim Clarken expressed gratitude to government for the excellent working relationship with Oxfam.
He said Oxfam programmes in Uganda are anchored on promoting resilient livelihoods, governance and accountability and humanitarian response.
Oxfam programmes are currently focused in the greater northern Uganda in the districts of West Nile, Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja.
Also present at the meeting were Niamh Carty, Director of International programmes Oxfam, Ireland and Peter Kamalingin, Country Director, Oxfam Uganda.