Between October and December 2020, The Policy Practice worked with the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) to undertake a political economy analysis (PEA) of the constraints facing expansion of the off-grid solar sector in Uganda. The inconsistent application of tax rules causes uncertainty in the private sector lowering investment in the sector. Similarly, there is a large number of counterfeit goods in the local market as a result of weaknesses in the customs processes and a lack of capacity to enforce technical standards.
Gareth Williams is leading the political economy analyses of health security systems in Côte d’Ivoire and Niger for the DAI implemented Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme. Starting in December 2019 during the programme’s inception phase, he has continued to support the team on PEA. This is a five year programme aiming to strengthen health systems in six countries (Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Uganda) to improve disease preparedness, surveillance and response. Gareth continues to provide training and analytical support for the project team.
Sam Gibson led the 2019 Annual Review of the DFID Expanding Social Protection Programme in Uganda.
This is a DFID funded research project on the relatively slow adoption of agro-processing waste to power electricity generation in Africa. The Policy Practice is contracted to provide insights and training on the political economy of this theme. Researchers from the team attended a PEA training programme in London.
The Policy Practice and IDL Group have been commissioned by OECD to develop an analytical framework to understand how international factors affect corruption at the country level. The framework will be developed illustrated and tested through four country case studies: Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.
The Policy Practice has been commissioned by the Uganda National Planning Authority to provide inputs to the national development plan concerning aid effectiveness. This assignment involved synthesising the large number of studies on this topic that have been carried out in Uganda on this topic and agreeing a final text with various government departments. Consultations were also held with the Local Development Partners Group in Kampala.
This study is to advise The Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP ) about the pre-feasibility of setting up two African Regional Hubs (one in West and one in East Africa) to increase poor people’s access to modern energy services using a “market” approach, working with potential suppliers, users and other stakeholders to promote improved access to services.