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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Productivity, shocks, and management practices in Ethiopia and Uganda

    Ethiopia and Uganda are two land-locked economies dependent on imported inputs for a small but growing manufacturing sector. They have contrasting exchange rate regimes affecting the cost of imports in different ways. Ethiopia uses a crawling peg exchange rate regime while Uganda has a floating exchange rate regime. Currency fluctuations are associated with the...

    12 May 2021 | Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Michael Koelle, Pramila Krishnan, Andualem Mengistu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on coffee exports in Uganda

    The recent COVID-19 pandemic has come at an overwhelming cost to the Ugandan economy. However, Uganda’s coffee sector appears to have been relatively resilient to the recent crisis to date. As a ‘necessity’ product based on futures contracts, commercial coffee is likely to be less subject to huge demand shocks in the short run. At the same time, the onset of...

    12 May 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Ameet Morjaria

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on SMEs and employment relationships in Uganda

    During 2020, governments in many developing countries introduced severe restrictions on economic activity and mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were closed from early April to June 2020. This policy brief reports on the results from a phone survey of a representative sample of SMEs and their workers...

    6 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    SMEs in Uganda: Profits and labour force shrink during COVID-19

    While the strict lockdown measures implemented in many developing countries aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they also risk increasing poverty and vulnerability by lowering economic activity. Uganda experienced some of the toughest lockdowns in the world. This policy brief presents key findings from a panel of over 1,600 smal and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...

    6 May 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Publication - Project Report

    COVID-19, SMEs, and workers: Findings from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital for the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2017). In this report, we present findings from a unique long panel of SMEs in Uganda, focusing in particular on changes in the trends following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Uganda experienced some of the strictest...

    23 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of COVID-19 on Ugandan firms: Evidence from recent surveys and policy actions for supporting private sector recovery

    This policy brief outlines key discussions from a policy seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on Uganda’s firms held on 28 January 2021 by the Ugandan Ministry of Finance’s Private Sector Development Unit and the International Growth Centre. Researchers presented key findings from work exploring different impacts of the pandemic on Uganda’s economy. The...

    21 Apr 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Vittorio Bassi, Priya Manwaring, Peter Ngategize, John Oryema, Miri Stryjan, Anna Vitali

  • Project

    The impact of COVID-19 and flexible credit on SMEs: Evidence from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2011. This project will re-survey a sample of 2,400 SMEs in Uganda with the purpose of: Better understand the long-term consequences of increased flexibility in loan repayments, in particular: does...

    9 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Miri Stryjan, Andreas Madestam, Francesco Loiacono

  • Event

    Unlocking new cities for growth The Uganda Vision 2040 and third National Development Plan for Uganda have recognized the importance of urbanisation as a force for socio-economic transformation across the country, and in particular the need for regional and strategic cities beyond the capital to drive the urbanisation agenda. As part of this, the Government of Uganda has...

    3 March 2021

  • Project

    Uganda and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    African economies, including Uganda, are embarking on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The objective of this project is to study the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area for Uganda using an approach that accounts for the heterogeneity of the impact across products and firms....

    31 Mar 2021 | Lawrence Edwards

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Electricity usage: An early signal of the impact of COVID-19 on Uganda’s economy

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda has put in place swift policy responses, including country-wide restrictions on the movement of people and a national curfew. A critical challenge throughout this period has been a lack of timely economic indicators to better understand both the effects of the health crisis and of government policies in response. ...

    30 Mar 2021 | Nicole Ntungire, Leonard Gichia, Priya Manwaring