News & Analysis: Uganda

Peer-to-peer communication in East and West Africa may help promote COVID-19 policy compliance

“While many countries have adopted top-down approaches to COVID-19 prevention, such as mandating certain health behaviours, our research suggests that peer-to-peer messaging may also be an important way for health behaviours to spread.”

via Africa at LSE

Bank of Uganda keeps policy rate unchanged at 7 percent for April

“Uganda’s Central Bank kept its benchmark policy rate unchanged at seven percent Wednesday in a strategic move that promises stable lending rates amidst increased credit default levels and renewed strength in the value of the Uganda shilling against the US dollar.”

via The East African

Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19

“Across the region, the devastating impact of armed conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Nigeria, was compounded by the pandemic as a number of states weaponized it to crack down on human rights. The crackdowns included killings of civilians and arrests of opposition politicians and supporters and human rights defenders and activists in countries such as Angola, Guinea, and Uganda.”

via Amnesty International

The impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Africa

“The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When COVID-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.”

Towards shock-responsive social protection: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in Uganda

“Aside from an initial food distribution programme, the GoU had limited ability to respond to the negative economic impacts of the shock using existing social protection programmes in 2020. In fact, in the first three months of the pandemic (March–June 2020), the Senior Citizen’s Grant (SCG) was forced to pause operations while Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were developed to facilitate safe cash disbursements, which meant that even existing programme beneficiaries did not receive their normal transfers during this period.”

via Maintains

The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda

“There is a continued need for governments and their global health partners to invest in generating local data and evidence, not just modeled effects, that can build our understanding of what’s happening on the ground. This includes facility-level data but also collecting information at the community level, leveraging opportunities through community health workers and other methods.”

via Center for Global Development

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Services and Mitigation Measures in Uganda

“The lockdown reduced access to health services while institutional mortality fell due to reduced number of patients. There is need to emphasize other mitigation measures rather than lockdowns.”

via Center for Global Development

Uganda: Nearly Half of Bank Loans Restructured

“Stanbic Bank chief executive officer, said the Central Bank’s credit relief measures were instrumental in moderating the rise of non-performing loans. Increasing NPL’s affect banks’ asset quality, which in turn impacts the economy.”

via Making Finance Work for Africa

COVID-19 impact? Ugandans grow more discontent with economic and living conditions

“Uganda’s economy has been hit hard. Its real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by just 2.9% during the year ending in June 2020, less than half the 6.8% rate reported for the previous year.”

via Afrobarometer

Uganda’s coffee exports increase despite COVID-19 market disruptions

“Uganda’s coffee exports have defied coronavirus market disruptions for a straight second month recording growth in value and volume.”

via The East African