Human Capital Development

How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Births

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 15:39

This policy brief provides a snapshot on the effects of COVID-19 on the fertility rates. Based on available reported data from UNFPA and the Short Term Fertility Fluctuation (STFF) study, the brief indicates that there were no signs of dramatic increases or decreases in fertility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Short term effects were observed in a range of highly developed countries but these reverted to pre-pandemic levels and trends shortly after.

Saving Lives and Improving Health Outcomes Through Increased Access to Contraceptives

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 15:38

This policy brief gives an insight on how USAID ensures an uninterrupted supply of quality Family Planning commodities through the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Having a choice of modern contraceptives allows couples to plan and space births, ensuring families to have means to properly care for their children. Access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services is vital for safe motherhood and healthy families.

Challenges Faced by Adolescent Girls in Urban Areas of Uganda and the Case for Targeted Social Protection Programs

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 15:37

This policy brief provides a snapshot of the unique challenges faced by adolescent girls in urban areas. It also makes the case for transformative social protection programs that address structural barriers to the economic and social inclusion of adolescent girls. In light of the findings, the brief recommends the need for community sensitization against sexual and physical abuse, and enforcement of laws to protect adolescent girls in urban settings.

Digital technologies uptake still low in Ugandan Secondary and Tertiary institutions

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 00:59

This policy brief gives an insight on how the utilisation of digital technologies in the delivery of education services is still very low, leaving the majority of students to lag behind in a changing world. The brief highlights visible efforts to integrate digital technologies in education in Uganda. Teachers are still relying more on the traditional “chalk and talk” teaching method rather than embracing the use of digital technologies.

Career guidance and counselling: A bridge in reducing skills-job mismatches in Uganda

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 00:59

According to this policy brief, a lack of structures and capacity to implement school career guidance programmes has affected its quality. Moreso, the brief reveals that the education sector generally faces many challenges that have significantly crippled the development of career guidance and counselling in schools. These include: lack of trained counsellors in most schools, inadequate capacity building geared towards providing career guidance, inferior training manuals, lack of career information, and a high student career guides/ counsellor ratio.

Interventions required to achieve gender balance in political representation at the local government level

Submitted by on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 00:58

According to this brief, women remain underrepresented in local government politics which offers men an unfair advantage, ultimately overshadowing women in decision-making. It also implies that issues that uniquely affect women may not be prioritised during planning and budgeting. To attain gender parity in political representation at the local government level, the policy brief recommends that Government should design and implement a mentorship program, create a special fund for female political contenders, and launch campaigns to shift the harmful social norms.