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Uganda’s rural households will be energy deprived unless swift action is taken

A new report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation warns that the 2013 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets will not be achieved based on the current course of action by world leaders. One of the SDG goals is achieving 100% access to the electrical grid. The 2014 Africa Energy Outlook showed that more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa […]

Why collaboration and not competition, is key in improving financial services industry in Uganda

The financial services industry – banks, mobile network operators, insurance providers and others – have historically sought to work independently in achieving their profitability goals. With the recent global and regional influx of Fintechs – companies that leverage technology and innovation to compete in the financial services marketplace – this industry is getting significantly more […]

Consumer Protection: Is your Money Safe?

By Joseph Lutwama Policy, Legal and Regulatory Specialist Can my money ever be safe? Can I trust the bank to keep my money safe? I am sure at some point in your life you have asked yourself these questions when deciding where to keep your money. Five out of every ten adult Ugandans keep their […]


FinTech Association of Uganda in partnership with Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) launched the FinTech Association of Uganda at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on August 31, 2017. The emergence and increasing dominance of mobile money in Uganda has resulted in the development of digital financial services. Though still at infancy, digital financial services present immense opportunities […]

The case of Mobile Money innovation in Uganda

Undeniably, a lot has been said as well as written about mobile money. However, it seems there is still some unfinished business related to the topic of mobile money. This unfinished business explains why there is still an ongoing debate about the effect of mobile money on an economy, in this case the economy of […]

Trade, Poverty and Pencils

At the time of writing this piece, 13 July 2017, the Great Lakes Summit will be taking place in Munyonyo for two days. According to the website, Kampala will play host to a gathering of politicians, businesses and pro-market advocates from Europe, East Africa and beyond. The summit will explore the vast opportunities for greater trade and […]

The Regulatory Tweaks That Will Spring Refugees in Uganda To Economic Inclusion

Uganda is home to 1.2 million refugees, with more than 800,000 refugees entering the country since July 2016. Most refugees this year come from South Sudan and others have come from the neighbouring conflict-affected countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia. While the immediate concern is with feeding and caring for the basic needs […]

The 2017/18 Budget: The Financial Inclusion Challenge

Once again it is that time of year when the country takes stock of the performance of the preceding year. This year is no different. As I write this article, it is just two days away from the budget speech. Having read through the background to the budget, I have a few thoughts to pen down on the implications of the current budget and […]

THE MOBILE DEBT TRAP: The Lion waiting to Pounce on its Prey

Mukasa is a small holder farmer in Luwero, a district in Central Uganda. Mucks and his family of 7 live off his one acre maize farm. He is a subsistence farmer who mainly grows maize to feed his household. Out of the 20 sacks of maize harvested from his farm, Mukasa only sells 2 sacks […]

Bitcoin: What you need to know

For the last few months I’ve attended several conferences discussing various aspects of the financial services sector from product innovation to financial inclusion. The one thing that has carried over from country to country and topic to topic is the inevitable moment when the coolest person in the room will mention that they’re currently reading […]