Posts tagged as: Uganda


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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Government demand and domestic firm growth: Evidence from Uganda

    Government procurement is an important mechanism for private sector development in Uganda. The 2014 Buy Uganda Build Uganda policy aims to expand domestic consumption of locally produced goods and services, setting a target of awarding at least 20% of the value of public procurement contracts to Ugandan firms. We study the impact of participation in public...

    28 Sep 2022 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo


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  • Event

    Uganda Economic Growth Forum 2022

    The Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, in partnership with IGC Uganda, organises the Economic Growth Forum – a high-level conference on Uganda’s economy held regularly since 2017. The conference provides an opportunity to discuss key growth challenges, learn from policy experiences in other countries, and identify a course of actions to drive...

    31 August 2022


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  • Event

    Workshop: Leveraging exports for growth in Uganda

    Engaging in international trade enables firms to grow faster, by facilitating improved supply of inputs, increasing competition in final goods markets, and expanding market access. Even though Uganda exports less than average for other countries at its per capita income, export growth over the last 20 years has been relatively rapid and with considerable diversification....

    19 May 2022


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  • Project

    Targeting consulting services to high-growth entrepreneurs

    This pilot project will examine entrepreneur selection and matching for training programs as well as the ultimate impact of matching strategies on entrepreneur outcomes. Specifically, the researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of various marketing strategies in selecting entrepreneurs that have high potential for growth and improving the effectiveness of the training...

    3 Aug 2022 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Vittorio Bassi


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  • Project

    Corporate transparency and investment readiness

    Corporate transparency (the extent to which a firm’s actions are observable by outsiders) is thought to be a key success factor for SGBs around the world. A lack of corporate transparency prevents SGBs from accessing finance needed for growth. This project aims to (1) measure corporate transparency on a large scale and (2) examine the short- and long-term causal effects...

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Thomas Rauter


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  • Blog post

    Has Uganda recovered from the COVID-19 lockdowns?

    The economic effects of the pandemic were rapid and difficult for policymakers to respond to. Moreover, conventional economic indicators require longer time periods for efficacy. In our study, we utilised electricity consumption as an indicator for economic activity during and after the pandemic in Uganda, and find a decline in electricity consumption during...

    26 Jul 2022 | Nicole Ntungire, Leonard Gichia, Priya Manwaring


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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    We conducted a phone survey of a representative sample of manufacturing firms and their workers in Uganda in Spring 2022, two years after the onset of the pandemic. We find that the second lockdown implemented in Uganda in June- July 2021 resulted in a sharp increase in business closures, but these were largely temporary. However, a sizeable share of firm owners...

    25 Jul 2022 | Vittorio Bassi, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume


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  • Publication - Case study

    Renforcer les finances municipales : l’expérience de Kampala (Ouganda)

    La ville ougandaise de Kampala illustre bien la manière dont la réforme institutionnelle et administrative est en mesure, sans modification de grande ampleur des politiques publiques, d’augmenter considérablement les rentrées fiscales municipales. À travers la mise en place de systèmes informatisés plus efficaces, en attirant des personnels plus capables et en...

    19 Jul 2022 | Victoria Delbridge, Oliver Harman, Astrid Haas, Tony Venables


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  • Publication - Case study

    Enhancing the financial position of cities: Evidence from Kampala

    The city of Kampala in Uganda provides an illustrative example of how institutional and administrative reform, without widespread policy change, can generate substantial increases in municipal revenues. Through the implementation of more efficient digitalised systems, attracting higher capacity staff, and a focus on the ‘citizen as a client’, the city has managed to...

    19 Jul 2022 | Victoria Delbridge, Astrid Haas, Oliver Harman, Tony Venables


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  • Blog post

    Digital tax stamps and firm behaviour in Uganda

    Digital tax stamps enable governments to strengthen tax administration and compliance by simplifying the verification, tracking, and monitoring of excisable goods. Firms’ behavioural responses to these stamps determines ex-factory prices, sales revenues, and government excise revenues. In an effort to minimise underreporting and misclassification by firms manufacturing...

    19 Jul 2022 | Silver Namunane