[dropcap type=”default”]T[/dropcap]hese were done with support from Age Demands Action a Help Age as well as NED Capacity Building initiative, the community dialogues enabled older persons within their communities to engage in discussions with their leaders on effective and efficient service delivery. The older persons raise concerns on the level of participation and benefit from the services in their communities and seek commitment from the leaders to increase benefits to older persons. The dialogues also provide platforms for demanding accountability from leaders and community members on processes to improve rights protection for older persons and eliminate the abuse of older persons. In the period under review, community dialogues were held in Fort portal (Kabalore), Pallisa, Tororo, Namayingo, Kampala (Kawempe). Wakiso (Entebbe) and Soroti district.

At least 177 community members have participated in community dialogues and conversations during 2018. The dialogues’ agenda is to have leaders and community members contribute towards the compilation of older person rights to be included in the UN Older Person Convention. Feedback shows that community leaders and the members agree on pertinent rights, obligations, and freedoms. The views were shared at international forums like the Open-Ended Working Group in New York USA.