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Mainstreaming Sustainable Natural Capital Management into Uganda's COVID-19 Recovery Packages

Like the rest of the world, Uganda has not been spared by the trail of damage wrecked by COVID-19, with mixed implications on the economy, society and the planet (natural capital). The 2019/2020 Uganda National Household Survey, released in May 2021…

COVID Recovery and Climate Finance

The availability and accessibility of climate finance are crucial to ambitious mitigation and adaptation action by developing countries. However, the agreed pre-2020 climate finance mobilisation of $100 billion annually by developed countries has no…

Impact Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in the EAC and Post Recovery Strategy for the Sector

Tourism is one of the largest foreign exchange earners and fastest-growing sectors in the East African Community (EAC). According to the EAC Secretariat, tourist arrivals in the EAC region increased from 3.5 million persons in 2006 to about 7 millio…

Impact Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in the EAC and Post Recovery Strategy for the Sector - Working Paper

Tourism is one of the largest foreign exchange earners and fastest-growing sectors in the East African Community (EAC). According to the EAC Secretariat, tourist arrivals in the EAC region increased from 3.5 million persons in 2006 to about 7 millio…

The Republic of Mauritius and the African Continental Free Trade Area: Opportunities and Challenges in a Post COVID-19 Environment

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) gives Mauritius the golden opportunity to access Africa’s vast market of 1.3 billion people, with an estimated GDP of $3.4 trillion. This opportunity could not have come at a better time, as Mauritius…

Taxing the Informal Economy is not a Silver Bullet for Financing Development - or the COVID-19 Recovery

Taxing the informal economy neither guarantees substantial new revenue nor a fairer tax system. Instead, it risks increasing the burden on some of the most vulnerable groups. In the middle of an economic crisis, this would serve to reinforce deeply …

Macroeconomic Policy Development in Tanzania - Policy Brief

Since independence, Tanzania has experienced a series of economic shocks, which have pushed the country into an economic crisis. From mid-1980 onwards, major macroeconomic variables have been fluctuating, forcing the government to intervene through …

The Economic Impact of the Pandemic in Rwanda: An Analysis of Firm-level VAT Data

There are substantial differences in the spread of the pandemic and the policy response to it between high- and low-income countries (LICs). In terms of case numbers, the pandemic has affected high and middle-income countries (HICs and MICs) much mo…

Recovering from COVID: Building Resilience in Select African Economies

This policy insight synthesises the findings of six sub-Saharan African country case studies, analysing their government policy responses to the trade and employment shocks prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerability to the shock was most prono…

The Tax Side of the Pandemic: Compliance Shifts and Funding for Recovery in Rwanda

While much knowledge is being generated on the impact of the pandemic, we still know very little on its implications on taxation in low-income countries. Yet, tax is crucial to fund crisis response and recovery, in addition to broader development pl…

COVID-19 Containment Measures Disrupt Businesses, but More Remain Optimistic about Future

Business Climate Index (BCI) improved by three index points to 58 but remained below the full potential. The marginal improvement is attributed to improved demand for goods, access to regional markets and international markets, and improvements in i…

The Kenya-IMF Synthesis Report No 21/72

This document is a publication by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) that presents a synthesis of the IMF Country Report No. 21/72 that was published in April 2021. The report contained the information and analyses of the agreement to a 3…

Analysis of Quarterly Budget Implementation Reports for the National Government: Quarter 4 of FY 2020/2021 and Quarter 1 of FY 2021/22

The economy exhibited signs of recovery from the effects of COVID in 2021 with real GDP growth rates of 0.7% between January and March and 10.1% in the final quarter of 2020/21, this was mainly supported by improved performance in education, ICT, tr…

Shaping Macro Economy in Response to COVID-19 in Kenya: A Responsible Economic Stimulus and a Stable Financial Sector

Kenya experienced overall macro stability and modest growth of 5.5% for the period 2017 to 2019. This economic performance was achieved despite fiscal health challenges owing to fast rise in stock of public debt. The onset of COVID 19 pandemic in Ma…

Rwanda's Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery: The Role of E-Commerce

In common with other sub-Saharan African countries, the Rwandan economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Government of Rwanda is rightly focusing on ensuring a rapid economic recovery. One policy area of focus, to help ensure rapid ec…

Building Back Better after COVID-19

This policy brief reports headline findings from research investigating the impacts of Covid-19 regulations and mitigation measures on actors in South Africa’s food system. The research focuses on fresh produce in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and fish …

Towards a More Resilient Agri-food System in Ghana Post COVID-19

Ghana’s food system was in crisis long before the arrival of Covid-19 in 2020. The country’s largely smallholder-led, rain-fed farming system was already unable to produce enough to feed the population. In recognition of this reality, the government…

Tanzanian Food Producers, Vendors and Traders Need Direct Relief Measures in the Face of the COVID-19

The study sought to explore the impact on food traders’ business enterprises during the pandemic and the strategies they employed to cope. Tanzania’s responses to Covid-19 pandemic have shifted over time. An initial ambiguous position refrained from…

Potential Long-term Effects of COVID-19 on Economic and Human Development in Uganda

Using the International Futures model, this note explores the effect of COVID-19 on economic and human development in Uganda in the short and long term. The model examines different scenarios to gauge the damages inflicted on the Ugandan economy. Th…

Agricultural Finance Yearbook 2021 - Agricultural Finance: Coping with Economic Recovery Amidst a COVID-19 Environment

The 2021 Agricultural Finance Yearbook, which is the eleventh edition in the series offers an in-depth analysis of the Agricultural financing landscape in Uganda. The 2021 publication is made up of five chapters that highlight key processes, achieve…

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