Five Model Social Sector Ordinances

The model ordinances compiled in this document were reviewed and customized by John Musede, an active advocate for social sector initiatives at the local level. He carefully analyzed the existing Model Social Sector Ordinances in relation to existing legislative drafting techniques. He also harmonized the clauses in the model ordinances with the existing legal regime.

The purpose of the model ordinances is to highlight the salient areas which the law must address. The model ordinances look at specific thematic areas: child immunization, maternal and child health, food security and nutrition, and education. The jurisdiction of each model ordinance has been very well stated.

Duties and obligations of key players have been addressed. Offences and penalties have been set so as to give effect to the law in case any of its provisions are violated. Finally, signature by the district chairperson establishes authenticity of the law. In the same model ordinances, commencement dates are highlighted because an action or omission that occurs before the law is in place is not an offence and therefore is not subject to sanctions.

These model ordinances are intended to authoritatively guide and serve as reference materials for local council officials, both political and technical officials.

The production of these model ordinances is greatly attributed to the management and staff of Strengthening Decentralization and Sustainability (SDS) Program. Special thanks go to Mr. Robert Kalemba, Senior Director at SDS, who created an enabling environment for me to execute this task, and to the editorial staff for their support.

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