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Monica Kirya
U4 team member

Monica Kirya

U4 Deputy Director

I am a lawyer specialising in law and development. I joined U4 in 2016 and coordinate U4’s theme on mainstreaming anti-corruption in public service delivery and integrating gender in anti-corruption programming. As part of this, I am a member of the Global Fund for Women Advisory Board on Anti-Corruption and the Steering Committee of the Global Network on Anti-Corruption Transparency in Health hosted by the World Health Organisation. I also co-chair the Working Group on Gender and Corruption at the UNCAC Coalition – The Association for the Implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption.

Previously, I was a law lecturer at Makerere and Cavendish Universities in Uganda and was Dean of Law at Cavendish University. I was also an external consultant with various NGOs, international organisations and justice, law and order sector agencies, providing technical assistance on access to justice, human rights, gender mainstreaming, legal reform, strategy development and improving processes and procedures. I was Assistant Lead Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Corruption in Uganda Revenue Authority (2002–2003). I was subsequently awarded a Commonwealth Ph.D. Scholarship and wrote my thesis on the role of commissions of inquiry in the fight against corruption in Uganda.

I am an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and a member of the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers. I hold a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from Makerere University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Uganda Law Development Centre, a Masters’ in Law and Development from the University of Warwick, UK and a PhD in Law, also from Warwick.