Tonny Odokonyero, a Research fellow at the centre told URN in an interview that they surveyed MSMEs that operate businesses in the education, leisure and hospitality sectors. The entities surveyed had a total of 1.03 million jobs by the end of 2019 but these had 425,000 employees less by April 2022, most of which were women and youth.
Irene Sekamwa Kajoro, a Product Manager of Financial Services Development at the Agricultural Business Initiative says they see a lot of phobias, especially among rural farmers where small changes such as the introduction of a tax threw off a number from using mobile money services in conducting business.
Prof. Paul Bakuluki of Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration who was one of the investigators said men had started unpaid care work such as preparing food, fetching water and cleaning whereas their female counterparts are embracing non-traditional roles such as paying for food and meeting costs of health care.
Commenting about the project and women inclusion issues, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda said while they opened up a women’s desk at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, they have employed males to work there since women are not forthcoming.
Of the five countries analyzed in the study whose results were released on Tuesday, only Nigeria has out of pocket hospital payments below 25 per cent of the total household non-food expenditure. Other countries including Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Tanzania had expenditure on health above the 25 per cent threshold.
Experts warn without careful planning, this population structure might drive Uganda, one of the countries with the highest growth rate considering that the global average is 1.2% into high levels of poverty and conflict.
However Mwesigye says the using the case of Promotion of Equality in African Schools –PEAS intervention model, the PPP arrangement under the USE programme has proved to work better than public schools.