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COVID-19 Blog Series

Read reflections from our team about the effects COVID-19 continues to have on financial inclusion and poverty, and potential pathways that can improve the inclusiveness of recovery efforts.

The Overall Impact of COVID on The Economy; An Agile Scenario Analysis

This agile scenario analysis, conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and The Bank of Uganda, explored the potential short and mid-term economic effects the pandemic would have on key labour segments. With additional insights from ongoing economic recovery efforts, the team identified the potential role various sectors could play in strengthening the inclusiveness of the country’s recovery efforts.

The Impact of COVID on Agriculture in Uganda

Earlier studies conducted by FSD Uganda indicate that specific segments of the population - including people who directly or indirectly rely on farming - will be severely affected by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted a rapid diagnostic to understand how agricultural finance in Uganda has been affected, to inform financial market-led recovery efforts. Findings from the study have been used to strengthen FSD Uganda’s new five-year agricultural portfolio.

Assessing the Economic Resilience of Ugandan Households During COVID

Building on our earlier analysis, FSD Uganda conducted a phone-based survey which took place over a period of six months to understand how the pandemic had impacted people and businesses in Uganda. The survey results feed into a pan African COVID-19 tracker aimed at highlighting how the disease has impacted people across a wide variety of domains.

Informal Sector Pensions: Protecting millions of East Africans from old-age poverty

By Joseph Lutwama. It is everyone’s desire to retire with a roof over their head and a decent income that will sustain them through their old age. However, very few ever realize that ideal, and it remains a dream that eludes millions in the region. Many East Africans never retire but die while toiling away […]

Reimagining settlement communities: responding to the growing financial needs of Uganda’s refugees and their hosts

By David Darkwa & Fred Ndiwalana. Mama Nicole is what most academics would call a ‘Forcibly Displaced Person’ – a refugee. Three years ago, she fled her village in Northern Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo when fighting broke out between two armed groups. Upon arriving in Uganda, she chose to settle in Kampala […]

The impact of Pandemics on Poverty and Financial Inclusion

By Rashmi Pillai, Executive Director. By now, the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – is a household term. Hand sanitizer is out of stock, businesses are closing or cutting staff, and even boda-boda riders near the FSD Uganda office report possible plans to stop working and go back to the village because they aren’t earning enough […]

Message from Rashmi Pillai – FSD Uganda Executive Director on COVID-19

Uganda confirmed its first case of COVID-19 this weekend. The Government of Uganda, together with private sector actors, continue to demonstrate great leadership by putting in place and adopting progressive measures aimed at protecting Ugandans and limiting the impact of the pandemic. Even as the world continues to reel from the devastating rise in fatalities, […]