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  • 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

  • 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

  • Project

    The cost of congestion in Kampala, Uganda

    Traffic congestion is a major issue in cities around the world, particularly in developing countries, with potentially negative effects on outcomes ranging from economic activity to health. This project aims to estimate the cost of traffic congestion, i.e. commuter time lost, in Kampala, Uganda, in time and monetary terms. The study is based on a direct request from the...

    4 Feb 2020 | Laurenz Baertsch

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Traffic management: Data lessons from Lagos and Kampala

    Traffic congestion can cost working time and be detrimental to a city's productivity. Biodun Otunola (CEO Planet Projects, Lagos) and Andrew Kitaka (Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority) discuss how data can be used to improve traffic management in developing cities.

    4 Feb 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding productivity dispersion: Evidence from a new survey of manufacturing firms in Uganda

    There are large productivity differences across firms in developing countries, even within the same sector and region. Understanding what contributes to such differences in productivity is important for designing policies to help low productivity firms grow. This project implemented a representative survey of over 1,000 manufacturing firms in Uganda to quantify...

    30 Jan 2020 | Vittorio Bassi, Raffaela Muoio , Joshua Mutambi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking constraints to micro-entrepreneurship using IVR technology: Results from a pilot study in Kenya and Uganda

    Current data collection exercises fail to capture the heterogeneity of entrepreneurs in developing countries in terms of scale. This project proposes a research agenda around understanding the constraints faced by micro-entrepreneurs, both formal and informal, through a series of mobile-based surveys (using IVR technology) delivered to small firms and...

    16 Jan 2020 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Examining the impact of the Common External Tariff of the East African Community in Uganda

    The primary goal of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) is to allow for free trade within a larger market than that of the individual countries that comprise it. The CET has, from inception, held a 0-10-25 tariff structure: 0% for raw materials, 10% for semi-finished products and 25% on finished products. Although this structure has...

    16 Jan 2020 | Garth Frazer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trade facilitation and formalisation of trade: Evidence from OSBPs in Uganda

    Trade costs in East Africa remain high, weighing on regional trade. Many engage in informal cross-border trade (ICBT) to avoid these high trade costs. ICBT is substantial. In Uganda, informal exports to its neighbouring countries are estimated to be equal to 38 percent of formal exports to these countries. This study examines what happens when trade costs are...

    7 Jan 2020 | Jade Siu