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Business climate deteriorates further as fears of the South Sudan conflict grips businesses in Uganda (April - June 2016)

The Uganda business climate index (UBCI) declined to 79.2 from 93.5, a persistence of the negative sentiment registered in last quarter (January – March 2016) and the worst decline since 2012. The negative sentiment in the business environment could be emanating from a number of sources such as; lag effects of the electoral cycle, the adverse effects of exchange rate depreciation and the re-ignition of political strife in South Sudan - a major export destination.

The negative sentiment in the business environment was largely driven by some persistent challenges in doing business and some new emerging ones.

The Uganda business climate index (UBCI) improved by 4.9 index points to 99.7 during the October – December 2015 quarter from 94.8 during the July – September 2015 quarter.

Elevated macroeconomic risks hurt business environment perceptions (July - Sept 2015)

The Uganda business climate index declined by 22.4
points to 94.8 during the July – September 2015
quarter from 117.2 during the July – September
2014 quarter.

Promoting Self Employment through Entrepreneurship Financing

Using the Uganda Youth Venture Capital Fundas a case study, this brief examines the level and determinants of youth participation in the fund and evaluates its operation. It also looks at similar funds in other countries.

The improvement in the business climate was sustained by a variety of factors including: stronger than expected consumer demand, stable macroeconomic environment characterized by easing inflation...

Determinants of Household's Choice of Cooking Energy in Uganda
High dependency on biomass has been associated with energy poverty in Uganda with successful interventions to modern energy expected to results in economic transformation. This paper examines utilization of various forms of cooking energy sources among households using data from the 2005/6 Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS). Results indicate that utilization of modern energy sources was only by 4 percent of households. 

The annual improvement in the business climate was sustained by a stronger than expected consumer demand, stable macroeconomic environment characterized by low and falling inflation, stable exchange rates, and lower interest rates.

Opportunities for Improving Communities' Welfare through Tourism: Murchison Falls National Park

The rich and largely untapped Uganda's tourism potential remains an important avenue for economic growth and welfare improvement of communities living around the national parks. This policy brief examines how growth of tourism could improve the welfare of the communities living around the Murchison Falls National Park.

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