February 2022

The Energy Progress Report 2021

Submitted by on Thu, 02/17/2022 - 15:04

The report indicates progress in Global electrification rate estimated at 90 percent. This rate however, is unlikely to achieve indicator 7.1 unless the pace of growth in electrification accelerates to 0.9 percent annually.

The report further notes that regional electrification rates show different trends with Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern and south eastern Asia achieving 98 percent electrification. On the other hand, sub Saharan Africa achieved 46 percent in the same period where it accounts for three quarters of world population without access to electricity.

The 23rd Annual Report on The State of Human Rights and Freedoms in Uganda in 2020

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:38

This report highlights the human rights and freedoms situation in Uganda 2020. It covers the following key thematic areas: assessment of human rights situation in the 2021 elections, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Uganda; the plight of older persons in Uganda; mental health in Uganda and the human rights implications; the need for decriminalization of petty offences in Uganda and their human rights implications; the death penalty and its human rights implications; and cattle rustling in Karamoja sub-region and its human rights implications.

Debt Sustainability in Africa: State of Play and Future Challenges

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:37

Its 15 years since the previous debt reliefs were undertaken by the international community. Following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many African countries have either recently defaulted on their public debt, or subscribed to the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) put in place by official lenders in 2020. Alternatively, other African countries are making progress toward a possible restructuring of their debt under the auspices of the G20 and of the Paris Club, but also of so-called “emerging” and private creditors.

Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics 2021-2025

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:36

The importance of statistical information for evidence-based public policy preparation, planning, decision-making, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on development progress cannot be emphasized enough. To that effect, provision of reliable data for the region constitutes part of the rationale for the formulation of the IGAD Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (IRSDS).

World Malaria Report 2021

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:30

In this report, World Health Organization (WHO) surveys the extent of damage brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to the global malaria response, and outlines what is needed to get back on track and accelerate progress in the fight against one of our oldest and deadliest diseases. Globally, there were an estimated 241 million malaria cases in 2020 in 85 malaria endemic countries (including the territory of French Guiana), increasing from 227 million in 2019, with most of this increase coming from countries in the WHO African Region. Malaria case incidence (i.e.

URBRA’s Perspective Report – Insights into the Retirement Benefits Sector Investments

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:28

The perspective report provides insights into the effect of COVID-19 on Uganda’s Retirement Benefits Schemes’ performance and strategies or approaches adopted by Fund Managers to provide a safe investment harbor for schemes against unexpected economic shocks. As of June 2021, the Sector assets grew to Ushs 17.8 trillion from Ushs 15.2 trillion in June 2020. The growth majorly comprises of contributions and Investment Income.

Adapting International Development Cooperation to Reduce Risk, Enable Recovery and Build Resilience

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:24

This brief highlights how the outbreak of the global COVID 19 pandemic has posed new demands on development cooperation in its various forms: finance, capacity support, policy change and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Observably, the South-South and triangular cooperation showcased signs of resilience in the pandemic period, particularly in the areas of technical cooperation, in-kind support and multi-stakeholder partnership, as well as mobilizing financial support.

Building the capacities of public servants to implement the 2030 Agenda

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:23

Notably, alongside a multiplicity of national and international actors across, public servants have been cited to play a cardinal role in implementing the 2030 Agenda since 2015. Therefore, activities are being undertaken to strengthen the capacity of the public servants to foster efficient and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Areas identified for capacity strengthening include: data, statsistical systems, follow up and review; panning and localization of SDGs.

The Critical Role of Income Redistribution for Poverty Reduction: Alternative Scenarios

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 01:21

The correlation between economic growth and poverty reduction is not linear. The way in which additional income is distributed matters for poverty outcomes. The same economic growth rate can cause different levels of poverty reduction in countries with different levels of inequality. Evidence also shows that countries with a more equal distribution of assets and income often grow faster than those with a higher degree of inequality. There may thus exist a virtuous cycle between growth and equity.