This policy brief explores innovative options available for infrastructure development financing in Uganda amidst the limited budget and competing demands in other sectors. It reveals that limited legal and regulatory frameworks, narrow tax base and a large informal sector are some of the impediments to revenue mobilization and as such pose financing challenges to infrastructure development in the country. Inefficient planning, low absorptive capacity, inadequate project preparation and selection are other constraints facing public investments particularly infrastructure development.
The digital revolution in Uganda poses positive indicators as a platform for achieving the goals of universal inclusion, sustainable development, economic progress and poverty eradication through digital innovation. Uganda has made significant strides in creating an environment that enables ICT adoption and utilisation. This has resulted in increased mobile phone usage, internet penetration and use of information and communication technologies. However, Uganda still performs poorly on global ICT indicators occasioned by inadequate ICT infrastructure and low levels of internet penetration.