Economic Policy Paper Series (2019 – ongoing)


CDA will produce a quarterly series of papers that make concrete policy recommendations that contribute to a key driver of inclusive economic transformation in Uganda. Each policy paper will be produced in partnership with a Ugandan research or practitioner organisation and delivered to a policymaking body whose interest in receiving and applying evidence-based recommendations will have been established before the work commences. The project thus aims to have the triple impact of (1) facilitating efforts to contribute to home-grown, locally contextualised and evidence-based ideas to inform policy-making for inclusive economic transformation in Uganda, (2) strengthening CDA’s capacity to become a key local economic policy influencer, and (3) strengthening the capacity of other local organisations to make substantive contributions to economic policymaking in their areas of expertise.

The first paper in the series, What’s in it for SMEs? Rethinking small business taxation, shows how the current tax system may be constraining decent job creation by suppressing SME growth. It offers a research and action agenda for building a tax system that fosters SME growth and formalisation. This paper was delivered to the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

Funder: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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