The Ugandan government strives to sustain high economic growth and create employment particularly for the youth. There is also a renewed focus on inclusive growth in order to sustain poverty reduction efforts in the country and to curb the growing inequality among Ugandans. While some of these issues may be of a policy nature, some relate to institutional aspects that require in-depth understanding through research.

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Sub-theme 1: Sustainable growth and development
  • Macroeconomic policies that impact on growth and competitiveness, including monetary and fiscal policies and identifying the drivers of Uganda’s economic growth.
  • Examination of the policy mix & strategic interventions that lead to higher & inclusive economic growth
  • The implications of the conduct of monetary and fiscal policies for economic growth
  • Drivers of economic growth that can lead to economic competitiveness in the future.
Sub-Theme 2: Employment
  • Analysis of policies and practices that affect employment enhancement and aspects that impinge on employment creation.
  • Implications of preferential treatment in form of tax holidays and tax exemptions to enhance or reduce employment
  • Examination the impact of technology use on employment per firm over time.
  • Potential conflict between government policy and employment creation objectives.
  • Sectoral issues and skill set to address unemployment
  • Assessment of government initiatives adequacy to reduce unemployment
  • The role of the private sector in addressing the issue of unemployment
  • Exploring areas of the economy with high potential of generating employment
Sub-Theme 3: Public Finance Management (PFM)
  • Understanding the key challenges in public finance management.
  • Adequacy and sustainability of public finance management reforms policies, legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • Ethical issues that impact on public finance management and safeguard measures to minimize impact on the economy and welfare.
  • Understanding the nature and motives behind leakages of public resources, accountability mechanisms, and corruption in public institutions.
  • Public Revenue management including how to improve tax administration.
  • Public expenditure
  • Financial Aid and sustainability