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Policies & second hand clothes in East Africa by EPRC

Background

In the 1980s, the East African textile industry was more developed along the entire value chain from cotton production and marketing, ginning and production of yarn to fabric and garments manufacturing. The state was quite instrumental in supporting this value chain through Cooperative Societies/unions running the mills and textile industries.

However the liberalization wave in the starting in the late 1990s resulted in a significant decline in cotton production while the import of second hand clothes increased. Since the signing of the East African Community (EAC) treaty in 1999, the EAC integration agenda has had much success in market integration as witnessed with the implementation of the EAC Customs Union from 2005, EAC Common Market Protocol from 2010 an the agreement on Monetary Union.

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Agricultural insurance for sustainability by EPRC

The National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges the potential of agro-processing to create better paying off-farm jobs, improve food security, increase farmer incomes, alleviate poverty, and enable Uganda attain the middle income status.


For successful implementation of this agenda, agricultural production becomes critical to ensure consistent supply of agro-based raw materials required by agro-processing industries.


However, agricultural production faces a myriad of risks that are a threat to achieving the targets and eventual supply of raw materials. Notable among these are unprecedented drought and rainfall.

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Is Uganda’s debt sustainable? by EPRC in Uganda

Due to the civil servant strikes of 2017, the Government of Uganda intends to borrow UGX 700 billion to meet demands by civil servants. If the borrowing is realised, Uganda's public debt will increase further. Public Debt has always been very sensitive, owing to the complexities surrounding debt as a form of financing.

Partly, the decision to take public debt is made by a few people, yet its payment falls on all citizens. Uganda's public debt has been steadily on the rise at an average of 2% of GDP per annum since 2010 when it was within 22% of Uganda's gross domestic product (GDP). It is currently estimated at 37% of GDP implying a 2.4% percentage increment from 34.6% in financial year 2015/16.

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What does Menstrual Hygiene cost Rural Women and Girls? by EPRC in Uganda

March 8th marks International Women's Day which in Uganda will be celebrated under the theme "Empowerment of Rural women and Girls: opportunities and challenges." This theme recognizes the contribution that rural women and girls could make to enhancing productivity and reducing poverty when accorded the environment and means to do so.

Although Uganda has committed to and taken several positive steps in achieving gender parity and empowerment for all women and girls, women continue to lag behind in many development processes due to often understated or overlooked gender challenges. One of the setbacks in this regard is for women's progress in Uganda is the inadequacy of Menstrual Health Management (MHM) especially in rural areas.

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Economic Policy Research Centre: Why African women must play a role in private sector decision making

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More and more women in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are joining non-agricultural wage employment in spite of the fact that the majority of them remain in vulnerable employment. According to the International Labour Organization, the percentage share of women employed by agriculture decreased by 4.8 percent between 2000 and 2013. 

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How much do social networks help agrarian households?

There is growing evidence showing that social networks can bridge barriers in access to information and exchange of production factors, and provision of the often lacking public capital and insurance. In Uganda, like in many other developing countries, the state lacks adequate capacity to fully facilitate household access to markets for their farm produce.
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Economic Policy Research Centre: Admission of South Sudan to EAC- What Prospects for Uganda’s Trade?

During the recent East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit, held on March 2nd, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania, the Republic of South Sudan was admitted to the regional bloc as its newest member. 

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