Byiers, B., Rodríguez Takeuchi, L., Rosengren, A. (et al.). 2015. Work in progress: Productive employment and transformation in Uganda. (ODI Case Study Summary - Employment). London: ODI
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It’s interesting to see that labour productivity in Uganda has actually been improving over years. This article was posted 5 years ago, but I still see its relevance in 2020, especially with the recommendations to improve productivity. Living in and out of Uganda, I have personally observed a bigger shift from agriculture towards more formal employment. This can be credited to further reach of internet services to rural areas, and the emergence of new software companies like Andela and Refactory, which promote and teach computer skills even to people who did not study the usual related computer sciences. Due to this, there has been more inclusion of several people into the job market, where people don't even have to go to jobs physically, but can work for US companies remotely. This mode of remote working was unheard of in the past, but it’s now becoming a norm. More and more professions have shifted to online work, which greatly improves productivity. Curious to see which results a similar study would yield in 2021 after the Covid-19 shock!
Laura Rodríguez Takeuchi