In Uganda, locally-made goods are twice as expensive as imported ones. The government wants to promote Ugandan manufacturing as part of a strategy to meet international standards – but local people are concerned that their quality doesn’t match their high price.
Uganda’s clothing industry has been dominated by secondhand garments for decades – until the government debuted an initiative to help boost local production. Now, the local fashion industry is experiencing a boom, and people don’t want to turn back.
Local people know Kampala’s Nasser Street as a one-stop shop for all kinds of printing services – including forged credentials. These documents are one way to access opportunities in Uganda, but are the risks that come with them worth it?
In Uganda’s capital city, rapid growth means high demand for housing and services, and some enterprising Ugandans have made careers for themselves as middlemen. But connecting buyers and sellers isn’t always a win-win.
High rents and high taxes present major barriers to operating a store in Kampala, especially in the city center, so more and more enterprises are making their businesses mobile. Even as the practice booms, there’s still one lingering problem: It’s illegal.
Uganda’s manufacturing sector is working to produce at home what the country has traditionally imported, but the process is not without flaws. Domestic producers are making toilet paper, but it’s not ideal – it’s often full of dangerous chemicals.
Doctors, teachers, judicial staffers and others have gone on various strikes in Uganda in recent months with demands for higher pay. The government intends to give raises to scientists in July, but funding has not been confirmed.
As the popularity of mobile money transactions increases in Uganda, payment agents say they are being targeted by criminals. Mobile network service providers say they are fighting back with better training for agents and shop owners.