Message From Executive Director
I welcome you to the Economic Policy Research Centre website. The centre’s strategic priorities are hinged on six main research themes with a guiding principle of supporting policy direction and priorities of our stakeholders to align with emerging areas occasioned by a rapidly changing national and global environment.
The six research themes are: (i) Economic policy and Macroeconomic Management; (ii) Sustainable and Inclusive development and service delivery; (iii) private sector development and competitiveness; (iv) Natural resources, environment, and climate; (v) Regional integration and trade dynamics; and Digitalisation.
Within each thematic area, issues of policy gaps and inconsistencies, gender, lifecycle, and political economy will be emphasised. However, we will remain flexible and adaptive in implementing our research agenda and responding to emerging/ topical issues to remain relevant to our key stakeholders.
The EPRC has a strategic plan for the period 2022/23 to 2026/27 which provides us with a strategic direction and the key areas /pillars to focus our research on for the foreseeable future.
On behalf of the EPRC management and staff, I wish to welcome you to this website and assure you that you will find value in our works.
Economic Policy Research Centre
EPRC is an autonomous not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee. It was established in 1993 to fill a void in Uganda’s economic research, policy analysis, and capacity building for effective policy formulation processes.
Today EPRC is a reputable, credible and independent policy think tank in Uganda renowned for providing research based evidence and policy analysis to support the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of government policies.
Summary of EPRC's Strategic Plan
A centre for excellence for evidence-based economic research
To foster evidence generation and uptake for sustainable economic growth and development for Uganda and the region
EPRC’s business conduct is anchored on the following core values which can be summarised as EISERIE.;
E – Excellence
I – Independence
S – Sensitivity
E – Engagement
R – Respect
I – Integrity
E – Efficiency
1. Winning Aspiration
Recognised leader in providing timely evidence-based research responsive to policy and development needs of our stakeholders.
2. Our Customers
Government; Development Partners; Private Sector; Academia & research institutions; Non-government Organisations, Civil Society, Media and Citizenry.
3. What we offer
Research and knowledge products, technical support and advisory, knowledge brokerage, and capacity building in research and policy engagement.
Focus on Uganda, serve globally.
5. Our Focus Areas / Pillars
P1 Offer responsive policy evidence-based research to inform and influence policy and practice
P2 Build, strengthen and nurture strategic partnerships to drive evidence-informed development.
P3 Talent management and organisational effectiveness
P4 Self-sustaining Centre
P5 Governance, risk, and control
C1 Competent, professional, and versatile staffing
C2 Adapting to changing technologies
C3 Stakeholders and partnerships management
C4 Negotiation skills
C5 Resource mobilisation skills
C6 Knowledge management skills
7. Management systems
S1 Research management systems
S2 Talent management systems
S3 Financial management systems
S4 Knowledge management systems
S5 Standard Operating Procedures for critical processes
S6 Governance structures and systems
The Government of Uganda (GoU) is one of the founding members and the major client or key stakeholder for EPRC. The Government has continued to provide the bulk of the funding support for EPRC’s programmes and activities since its inception in 1993 through counterpart funding from the Ministry of Finance Planning & Economic Development. Although government helped to set up and continues to fund EPRC, the Centre operates outside the institutional structure of Government as an independent and credible research institution. The Centre continues to be impartial in its research work and policy advice to government and other stakeholders.
Ministry of Finance website: finance.go.ug
Makerere University is one of the founding members of EPRC and provider of the land for the EPRC office block. Currently, EPRC is collaborating with the university through the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) to conduct research, training, studies and analyses of economic and related policies and other policies incidental to or related to economic or statistical issues.
The Bank of Uganda (BoU) is the Central Bank of the Republic of Uganda. It was opened on August 15, 1966. It is 100% owned by the Government of Uganda but it is not a government Department. Bank of Uganda conducts all its activities in close association with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development(MoFPED). Bank of Uganda is responsible for the formulation and implementation of monetary policy as well as regulating & supervising financial institutions.
Bank of Uganda website: https://www.bou.or.ug/