The African Policy Dialogue on women’s entrepreneurship and social protection in Uganda has published a Policy Brief on government’s financing of social protection initiatives’. The key messages from the Policy Brief are as follows.

  • Vulnerabilities within the Ugandan economy are many and females are at a higher disadvantage.
  • The government of Uganda has recognized the importance of social protection, this has not been prioritised in financial allocation.
  • Despite increase in expenditure allocations to domestic development in social sectors, the finances allocated to Social Protection by government are still very low for the programmes to achieve social inclusiveness nationally.
  • Social assistance through the Direct Income Support to elderly persons above 60 years takes the highest share of social protection budget.
  • Local Government support and coordination to social development activities are ineffective

Policy recommendations

  • Increase funding to Local Government social development activities.
  • Strengthen Local Government structures to undertake its social support mandate at grassroots.
  • Use multifaceted interventions involving both state and non-state actors to address various vulnerabilities within different social groups.
  • Create awareness among the stakeholders especially in the informal sector to ensure that social protection programmes are include workers in the informal sector and those in rural areas.
Share this post

Related items

A decent proposal: self-employment for women in Uganda

This blog is part of a case study that examined decent work in the context of the work lives of self-employed and rural women in central Uganda in collaboration with 100WEEKS, a cash transfer graduation programme.

Do Ugandan rural smallholder farmers have green jobs?

This blog is part of a case study in collaboration with TUNADO and Woord en Daad that examines how smallholder agriculture and apiculture fit into the green jobs discussion

Note 2: Ap(p)iculture: Compatibility mode for digitalisation?

In this blog, the authors present an analysis of the digital divide in Uganda, where the digital transition is still unequally distributed and user experiences vary greatly depending on the infrastructures available.

By Ester Agasha (PhD) +2 more
Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: March 2022 Every month we share with our readers a…

Hive-minded: what’s working for inclusion in apiculture?

This blog presents a concrete example of inclusion in practice, embodied by the Inclusion officer at The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO), a member-based national apex organisation for apiculture in Uganda.

By Caspar Swinkels +3 more