INCLUDE Platform

Women’s entrepreneurship and social protection in Uganda

This African Policy Dialogue revisits national policies and reviews institutional reforms.

While women’s entrepreneurship and social protection are areas of national policy concern in relation to Uganda’s development strategies, there is a need for a more proactive approach to ensure that current commitments in these areas do not remain on paper. In relation to women’s entrepreneurship, this includes revisiting national policies with a focus on skills development initiatives, institutions and government budgets. For social protection, this entails a review of institutional reforms and effective implementation of policies and programmes, among other things. Against this background, this African Policy Dialogue proposes to establish effective national-level policy-knowledge communities on women’s entrepreneurship and social protection.


  • Increase awareness of the growing need to pay special attention to women’s entrepreneurship and social protection
  • Promote context-based interventions that take into account gender, geography and the lifecycle of the target groups
  • Promote learning by doing activities that encourage the adoption of new ideas and practices
Planned activities
  • Organize inception meetings (February – April 2016)
  • Undertake stakeholder mapping (March – April 2016)
  • Synthesize existing knowledge (April 2016 – July 2016)
  • Conduct targeted research to understand institutional constraints (May – June 2016)
  • Support from Economic Policy Research Centre to the local INCLUDE research groups (February 2016 – November 2016)
  • Provide regular updates on relevant international and national research and policy initiatives (February 2016 – November 2016)
  • Conduct national dissemination activities based on the knowledge products developed (October – November 2016)
  • Hold targeted meetings with stakeholders (February – December 2016)
Lead organisation: Economic Policy Research Centre (Kampala, Uganda)

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  • Development partners
  • Economic Policy Research Centre (Kampala, Uganda)
  • Makerere University
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Uganda
  • Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda
  • National Planning Authority, Uganda
  • Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda
  • Uganda Investment Authority
  • Women’s advocacy institutions (e.g. UWEAL)

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