Joseph Mawejje is a Research Analyst and heads the Business Climate project at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).  He has extensive knowledge on private sector development in Uganda, having served as a Policy Analyst at the Private Sector Foundation prior to joining the EPRC.  Joseph has research interests in a broad range of cross-cutting economic issues of national and regional importance.  He has researched and published in areas of energy, natural resource management, tax, macroeconomics, regional integration, private sector development and agricultural economics policy. Some of his past research has been presented at the University of Oxford’s Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Global Development Network (GDN), and Africa Econometrics Society Annual Conferences.

Joseph has  been involved in evaluations that included working with multi stakeholders on: National Content Development in Uganda’s Oil Sector; Macroeconomic Modeling of the potential impacts of Uganda’s Oil and Gas sector using DSGE methods;  Northern Uganda Human Development Report (UNDP-Uganda); Uganda Service delivery Indicators Survey (SDI) with the World Bank; Economic Recovery Analysis for Northern Uganda (DFID/OPM); Motivation and Management in Uganda Primary Schools in collaboration with Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Oxford University;  and strengthening transparency and accountability in the management of Uganda’s oil and gas sector.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Development and Natural Resource Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB) and a Bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University, Kampala.  

Joseph Mawejje: publications

Country Reviews of Capacity Development: The Case of Uganda

Poorly functioning public sector institutions and weak governance are major constraints to growth and equitable development in many developing countries. This occasional paper discusses ways Uganda can address its development challenges in light of NDP and a series of poverty alleviation programmes. 

Uganda’s progress towards achieving inclusive sustainable growth is curtailed by large deficits in infrastructure stock, particularly in the transport and energy sectors. This study explores options for financing the scaling up of infrastructure development in Uganda.

Uganda still faces huge deficits across all sectors despite the remarkable progress in infrastructure development made in transport, energy, water and information and communication technology that require financing beyond the public budget ceilings.

Business climate deteriorates further as fears of the South Sudan conflict grips businesses in Uganda (April - June 2016)

The Uganda business climate index (UBCI) declined to 79.2 from 93.5, a persistence of the negative sentiment registered in last quarter (January – March 2016) and the worst decline since 2012. The negative sentiment in the business environment could be emanating from a number of sources such as; lag effects of the electoral cycle, the adverse effects of exchange rate depreciation and the re-ignition of political strife in South Sudan - a major export destination.

In light of the likely negative impacts of gambling, the industry needs to be strictly controlled, well regulated and effectively policed. Presently, the gambling industry is regulated by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and is guided by the National Lotteries Act of 1967, the Gaming and Pool Betting (Control and Taxation) Act of 1968, and an addendum of statutory guidelines introduced in 2012/13.

Joseph Mawejje

Joseph MawejjeResearch Analyst


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