The Uganda Poverty Status Report 2014
The Poverty Status Report (PSR) 2014 comes on the heels of two major development processes: the National Development Plan 2016-2020 (NDPII) and the global Post-2015 Development Agenda. Both offer a platform to advance Uganda’s vision of transforming from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country by 2040, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
This PSR is the second since the series was revitalised in 2012 and comes in the final year of Uganda’s first National Development Plan (NDP), whose theme Growth, Employment and Socio-economic Transformation for Prosperity underpinned the country’s strategy of investing in the economy’s productive capacities as the main vehicle for achieving inclusive growth and eradicating poverty. As a monitoring tool, the PSR is critical for assessing Uganda’s progress towards a transformative agenda.
The 2014 Report uses new evidence to present an updated analysis of Uganda’s poverty trends and status. The report’s thematic focus is the relationship between structural change and poverty reduction, exploring the complementarities between some of Government’s most important policy objectives: economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction. The report also analyses the reasons that many households remain vulnerable even as the economy continues to modernise. This evidence is brought together to recommend a set of complementary policy measures for structural change that generates productive employment, and reduces poverty and vulnerability.
It shows that poverty levels have declined further in Uganda from 24.5 in 2009/10 to 19.7 in 20012/13. The significant decline in overall inequality from 0.426 in 2009/10 to 0.395 also suggests that socio-economic interventions are beginning to yield some positive results.