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WASH Finance in Africa

Submitted by on Tue, 06/20/2023 - 23:03

The brief examines the current status of the WASH (Water and Sanitation) initiative in Africa, status of countries prioritizing this in their plans and discussing what relevant stakeholders can do going forward to close the financing gaps. It was prepared by the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (WASH) in Africa.  Investment in WASH is beneficial in achieving SDGs beyond water and sanitation to different sectors such as Health and Education.

Uganda Manufacturers’ perception regarding product standards enforcement by UNBS

Submitted by on Fri, 03/03/2023 - 05:20

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) developed processes for operations, assessment and enforcement of standards to improve product quality. Uganda has 3,600 compulsory and voluntary standards that are prone to updating or withdrawal when new product developments arise. UNBS currently enforces three standards namely: National (Uganda Standards [US]); Regional (harmonized EAC standards [EAS]); and International Standards [ISO]).

Which products should Uganda leverage for export diversification?

Submitted by on Fri, 03/03/2023 - 05:18

This brief underscores the need to support export diversification in order to reduce Uganda’s trade deficit, address distortions in trade attributed to COVID-19 pandemic and other shocks such as climate change and geopolitical related issues, and to sustain economic growth and development. The brief indicates that light manufacturing and agricultural sectors have a high potential for export diversification, relative to other sectors. Additionally, Uganda’s potential export markets have been identified as Africa, Europe and Asia.

Water safety management in small towns: Lessons learned from Uganda and Mozambique

Submitted by on Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:05

This brief focuses on understanding the implementation of water safety management strategies; studying the effects of change in operational strategies; and challenges of implementing usage practices from an urban to semi-urban setting in a small town. In Uganda’s scenario, the key findings of the study included the importance of sustaining risk management strategies, detection of fecal matter in water distribution, and deterioration of water quality upon storage in households.

NEMA- Issues Certificate Of Approval To Makuutu Rare Earth Elements Project

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:18

The National Environment Act N0.5, 2019 necessitates any project that anticipates to have any substantial environmental impact to undertake an Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The purpose of ESIA is to assess and predict adverse social and environmental impacts and to develop suitable mitigation measures, which are documented in an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP).

What Does the Sustained Increase in Global Fuel Prices Mean for Uganda

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:16

By July 2022, the domestic price for diesel and petrol in Uganda had increased by 71.5 percent and 56.1 percent respectively compared to July 2021. A time when the economy was still struggling to rebound from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

The global energy crisis directly affects local fuel prices and therefore the economy. However, domestic policy actions can influence tax-related costs, distribution, and profit margin but not the international crude oil price. As a result, the Government of Uganda did not intervene to curb the escalating prices.

Livestock Associations and Cooperatives: Implications for Livestock Sector Transformation

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 15:03

Involvement of various MDAs is critical in the Development of Uganda’s livestock sector is pertinent in attaining objectives of the third National Development Plan through the Agro-Industrilization Programme. These MDAs play critical roles such as (i) regulating the activities of members, (ii) promoting production, processing, marketing and consumption of livestock products and (iii) offering financial and advisory services to members, among others.

The Impacts of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Food Prices, Food and Nutrition Security in Africa

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 15:02

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has worsened the food security crisis in many African countries. Many countries in East, West, Middle, and Southern Africa rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage of their wheat, fertilizer, or vegetable oils imports, but the war disrupts global commodity markets and trade flows to Africa, increasing already high food prices in the region. Even countries that import little from the two countries are indirectly impacted by higher world prices for key commodities.

Promoting Inclusive Policy Responses to Improve Food and Nutrition Security Post-COVID Pandemic in Africa

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 15:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Hundreds of millions of people were already suffering from hunger and malnutrition before the virus hit and, unless immediate action is taken, we could see a global food emergency. In the longer term, the combined effects of COVID-19 itself, as well as corresponding mitigation measures and the emerging global recession could, without large-scale coordinated action, disrupt the functioning of food systems.

Trading Up: Harnessing the AfCFTA for Growth in Uganda

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2022 - 16:25

AfCFTA is one of the flagship projects of the first ten-year implementation plan (2014-2023) under the AU’s Agenda 2063. It emphasises the reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and the facilitation of free movement of people and labour, right of residence, right of establishment and investment. If implemented fully, this agreement will become the largest trade agreement in the world with potential to create a continental free-trade zone with a combined GDP of USD $3.4 trillion.