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Harnessing the Development Potential of Household Enterprises in the COVID-19 Environment in Uganda
This Policy Note utilises the most recent Uganda National Household Survey 2019/20—collected prior to and after the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to understand the early effects of Covid-19 on household enterprises. We show that the share of households with enterprises decreased by about 7% during the Covid-19 period—equivalent to an estimated 200,000 households. Western Uganda registered the most significant decrease, followed by Northern Uganda.
With sales and revenues, the share of household enterprises reporting decreased sales/revenues almost doubled during the Covid-19 period compared to before Covid-19. We also show that the business environment worsens during Covid-19 especially obtaining start-up capital for female-owned HEs. Other constraints during the pandemic included finding clients/markets and accessing raw materials to a limited extent.
This report was done with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
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