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  • Blog post

    Technology and property tax: Raising city revenue in Kampala

    Recent technology has proved effective in expanding the city’s tax base but requires up to date data and is no substitute for supportive policy and legislation. Property taxes are a hugely important potential source of revenue for cities. Faced with limited municipal revenues and rapidly growing populations, taxes on the value of land and property can offer a...

    14 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating the fiscal impact of tariff reform in Uganda using TRIST

    7 Apr 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Blog post

    Location, location, and information: Firm clustering in Kampala

    A distinctive feature of business in Kampala is the clustering of similar products in particular areas of the city. Need a boda boda helmet to get to work? On Kyagwe Road in Old Kampala you’ll find any and all vehicle parts and accessories. Art supplies? Head straight to the shops on Nasser Road in Nakasero. For furniture, there are at least ten different suppliers along...

    1 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system: Results from a new analysis of banking system data

    There have long been concerns about high-interest rates charged by banks in Uganda and wide spreads between deposit and lending rates. This makes it difficult for firms to borrow for the productive investment that is required to achieve high rates of economic growth. This study investigates the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system, using...

    13 Mar 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Nicole Ntungire, Doreen Rubatsimbira

  • Publication - Policy note

    Property taxes in Kampala: Some background information

    Property rates, as collected by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), are taxes on the rental or business income of property in the city of Kampala, Uganda that can be applied to commercial, institutional, and rented residential properties across the five urban divisions of the city. Property rates make up a substantial proportion of the KCCAs own source...

    5 Mar 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Policy note

    Beyond manufacturing: Reconsidering structural change in Uganda

    Uganda, along with other African countries, needs targeted policies to shift employment into more productive activities. “Industries without smokestacks” – tradeable services and agro-industrial activities that have more in common with manufacturing industries than more traditional services and agriculture – offer a new path for structural change in African...

    26 Feb 2020 | Richard Newfarmer, John Page, Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy note

    Special Economic Zones: Policy considerations for Uganda

    21 Feb 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Identifying bottlenecks in public investment in Uganda

    The Ugandan government has doubled its funding of public investments between 2011 and 2017, however, public investments remain plagued by inefficiencies that limit their contribution to value addition and GDP (Ayebare, forthcoming). Estimates from the World Bank in 2016 suggest that due to inefficiencies in public investment management in the preceding decade, every dollar...

    15 Feb 2020 | Peter Carroll

  • Blog post

    Transforming secondary cities in Uganda for job creation

    Across developing countries, the combined forces of rapid population growth, a burgeoning youth workforce, and urbanisation have created a policy imperative to generate jobs at an enormous scale. While primary cities must play a role in this job creation, it is unrealistic to imagine that all the necessary jobs, or even the majority, can be created in a single metropolitan...

    12 Feb 2020 | Gregory Randolph, Miljan Sladoje, Sabina Dewan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The review of the Common External Tariff of the East African Community: Options for strengthening Uganda’s negotiating position

    The East African Community is a customs union governed by a Common External Tariff (CET). The CET is currently under review, with members considering higher rates of external protection and an increase in the number of tariff bands. Uganda proposes to expand the current three-band structure of the CET (0, 10 and 25 %) by an additional 5 % rate and a new peak rate of...

    6 Feb 2020 | Garth Frazer, Jakob Rauschendorfer