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Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability (SIIPEA) is a five-year project led by the Global Development Network (GDN) and the Results for Development Institute (R4D). The project supports 14 developing country research institutions including EPRC to produce reliable public expenditure analyses, reform proposals and shape policy debates.

The fundamental goal of the project is to improve development outcomes by increasing the effectiveness with which governments allocate and use their resources in the three sectors of health, education and water.

The program empowers research institutions to improve the quality of public expenditures in the health, education and water sectors by strengthening their institutional capacity for public expenditure analysis, policy alternatives development and constructive engagement with policymakers.

The project does this by supporting organisations as they carry out connected research, analysis and dissemination activities around program budgeting, cost-effectiveness, and benefit incidence analyses, as well as policy simulations and major budget reform proposals.


The objectives of Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability programme are:

  • Building and strengthening institutional capacity for public expenditure analysis;
  • Exploring the effectiveness of public service delivery in health, education and water;
  • Emphasizing rigorous analysis, producing reliable public expenditure reform proposals and, thus, aiming to shape policy debates;
  • Developing policy alternatives and tailored research communication and outreach in a peer-learning environment; and
  • Producing internationally comparable information on public expenditure.


The project is fully supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK through its Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF). Thirty-eight organizations have received funding through the GTF, of which GDN's grant is one of the largest at £5-million.


Project Team

Project Supervisor
Sarah N. Ssewanyana (PhD), Executive Director

Project Manager
Ibrahim Kasirye (PhD), Senior Research Fellow

Project Team Members
Mildred Barungi, Research Analyst
Gemma Ahaibwe, Research Analyst

Project Communications Officer
Elizabeth Birabwa Aliro, Programmes Manager


Project activities

Since the commencement of the project in December 2008 to date, the EPRC has conducted analyses of public expenditures at the national level.

The Centre has engaged in concerted dissemination and outreach efforts involving policymakers, media and other relevant stakeholders at country and global levels.

EPRC has conducted research and analysis in program budgeting, benefit incidence, and cost-effectiveness analysis and policy simulations in health, education and water.

Researchers have participated in technical training through global and regional workshops, technical advisors and sector experts. Peer-learning and cross-country comparisons  support research and analysis, and strengthen global interconnectedness.



Research Output: Global Development Network

Options for Improving Girls' Access to Secondary Education in Uganda

Despite the advent of Universal Secondary Education (USE) in Uganda, only 25 percent of girls supposed to be in secondary school were enrolled in 2011. 

HIV/AIDS Prevention Interventions in Uganda: A Policy Simulation
The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to be a major health challenge in Uganda. The adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate increased from 6.4% in 2005/6 to 7.3% by 2011. This policy simulation estimates the potential costs and impact of expanding two HIV prevention methods: Safe Male Circumcision and Voluntary Counselling and Testing. 
Better Nutrition for Children in Uganda: The Policymaker's Role

This policy brief examines some of the causes of malnutrition amongst women and children in Uganda, including poor feeding practices; lack of breastfeeding, quality solid foods, and supplements; and the absence of weight monitoring for children. 

HIV/AIDS Sero-Prevalence and Socioeconomic Status: Evidence from Uganda
Although Uganda reported large reductions in HIV/AIDS prevalence during the 1990s, recent evidence suggests that the country's rate of new HIV infections is on the rise. This study explores the factors that are correlated with sexual behaviour and the risk of HIV infection using a unique dataset of 17,000 individuals from the 2011 Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey. 
Addressing the Poor Nutrition of Ugandan Children

This brief provides evidence on the drivers of poor nutritional status among infants during 1995-2006. Despite Uganda achieving some progress in improving overall welfare status, the country is still far from achieving the goal of improved child nutrition status.

Reducing the Burden of Malaria among Children in Uganda

The brief assesses the cost effectiveness of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) and Indoor Residual spraying (IRS) as Malaria control programmes in Uganda. We were interested in establishing which of the two methods results in the lowest Malaria incidence/occurrence and associated deaths at a given cost.

Reducing the Burden of Diarrhoea among Urban Households in Uganda

This policy brief examines the cost effectiveness of two water technologies in preventing diarrhoea illness among urban households in Uganda.

Ensuring Adequate Early Childhood Development for Uganda's Children

Although Uganda has made significant progress in reducing child deaths in the past five years, the country still faces major challenges in ensuring adequate early childhood development. This briefing highlights some of the major challenges affecting children during the first five years of life.

Public Spending in the Water Sub-Sector in Uganda: Evidence from Program Budget Analysis
This paper aimed to conduct Programs Budget Analysis of the water sub-sector in Uganda over the period 1999/2000 to 2009/10 in order to gain further insight and understanding into the sources of funding and how funds were allocated to various programs. 
Cost Effectiveness of Water Interventions: The Case for Public Stand-Posts and Bore-Holes in Reducing Diarrhoea Among Urban Households in Uganda
Water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea, remain a big challenge to Uganda's attainment of water related Millennium Development Goals. The nation has earmarked large amounts of resources for water related interventions but the current levels of spending are inadequate to ensure everyone gets access to improved drinking water.
The Ministry of Health in Uganda estimates that in a given year, at least 12.3 million cases of malaria are reported across the country, with the highest prevalence among children aged 5 years and below and among pregnant women. The Government of Uganda has intervened with several malaria programmes including early detection among children and provision of intermittent treatment for pregnant women.
Cost Benefit Analysis of the Uganda Post Primary Education and Training Expansion and Improvement (PPETEI) Project
Expanding access to schooling in developing countries is critical for achieving poverty reduction and sustained economic growth. Although countries in sub-Saharan Africa have expanded access to primary schooling in the past 15 years, absorbing primary school graduates into secondary school remains a challenge. 

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