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COMMENT: Misery for inflation targeters

Why the misery index has a role to play in assessing the state of an economy and success of policy COMMENT | KOICHI HAMADA | The United States, Europe, and Japan are all making positive economic strides. In the U.S, the unemployment rate is falling, and now stands at just over …

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COMMENT: Evidence-based policy mistakes

It is important to recognise that data alone are not enough, common sense matters COMMENT | KAUSHIK BASU | After years of stressing the importance of evidence-based policymaking, economists have clearly had some influence on politicians. What economists now need to do is to impress upon those same politicians that citing …

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COMMENT: Research for policy makers

Six barriers that make it difficult for African states to use research for policy COMMENT | WILLEM FOURIE | African policymakers need access to high quality evidence to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) successfully. The SDGs are arguably the most broad-ranging development goals to be ratified by United Nations member …

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Healthy withdrawal

New research shows why creative people sometimes need to be alone Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research suggests that not all forms …

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Rwanda visa policy praised

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Rwanda government has received widespread praise for it new visa regime which comes in effect on January 01, 2018. Citizens of all countries now have an automatic 30 day visa on arrival. A few arrivals might be required to pay applicable fees. The Morocco …

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Managing Marburg

How an oddly timed outbreak is testing emergency strategies Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | On Oct.11, a woman died in Chemuron village, Kween District in an Eastern Uganda. She had a fever, headache, and was bleeding from several places. Doctors attending to her had feared the worst and sent her …

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New Policy to address counterfeit packaged water

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Government has moved to regulate the manufacture and processing of packaged water in a bid to ensure safety and security of the public. Cabinet has approved a new policy to streamline the packaged water sector. Packaged water is one of the key industrial sub-sectors with …

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Surge in renewable energy investment in East Africa

Renewable electricity made up 65% of the East African region’s total installed, grid connected power generating capacity in 2015, a new report has revealed. This is significantly higher than other parts of sub-Saharan Africa where currently it stands at 28.6% and 23.5% in the ECOWAS and SADC regions respectively. Renewable Energy Policy Network …

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Ugandan Cabinet Approves National Fertilizer Policy

The evolution of policy in Uganda is something that continues to tickle many heads. In 2010, Economic Policy Research centre (EPRC) set out to develop a National Fertilizer Policy for Uganda. This was on the backdrop that Ugandans soils were no longer fertile, thus calling for an urgent need of …

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