lawafrica.com (May 2020) The purpose of this paper is to examine current state interventions taken to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 using social protection in Uganda in comparison to what is happening in Kenya and South Africa. This paper will also briefly examine the impact of legal framework in supporting the right social protection in COVID-19 responses.
Government started the distribution of food packs to 1.5 million vulnerable people in Kampala and Wakiso districts on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The food items distributed are: six kilograms of maize flour and three kilograms of beans and salt per head. Lactating mothers and the sick will additionally receive more two kilograms of powdered milk and two kilograms of sugar.
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) of Uganda will allow Ugandian businesses/employers facing economic distress due to COVID-19 to reschedule NSSF contributions for the next 3 months without accumulating a penalty with effect from the 31st of March. However businesses that do not apply for this amnesty will be expected to continue honoring their statutory obligation to remit NSSF contributions by the 15th day of every month.
HelpAge International (25.07.2019) Across Africa, millions of older people live in poverty. Without access to pensions and eroding traditions of family support, many have no choice but to continue working into older age doing small-scale, low-paid farming or petty trade. For those who have disabilities or are in ill health, they may have no option to work. Without reliable incomes, older people lead precarious lives on the brink of poverty.
observer.ug (22.07.2019) The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is advocating for a one-month increase in maternity leave for mothers in low and-middle-income countries, to enable parents to give their children the best start in life. The UN agency is equally calling for a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that support healthy brain development and strengthen the bond between parents and their children.
TowerPostNews (20.11.2918) The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has won the prestigious Gold Award, Report of The Year at the 8th edition of the Annual Financial Reporting Awards (FiRe Awards) that took place last Wednesday at Kampala Serena Hotel. The Fund was commended for presenting an all-round impressive and highly innovative annual report, showing a clear commitment to high standards of financial reporting, effectively reporting on financial, governance, environmental & social aspects and other activities of the Fund.
New Vision (08.05.2018) May 1st was yet another day for the world to commemorate Labour Day. Workers from all over the world are faced with different opportunities and challenges. When I was reflecting on the past Labour Day celebrations in Uganda, I noticed with concern that the debate on minimum wage did not take a centre stage as has always been the case.
Daily Monitor (07.03.2018) Mr Usher Wilson Owere, the chairman of National Organisation of Trade Unions, in a tweet, welcomed the Cabinet decision, saying the amendment would save the worker’s money. We’re saying there may be workers who have genuine reasons to request for part of their benefits before the mandatory 55 years,” Janat Mukwaya, minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development
Devex (03.01.2018) Every week, the speaker presiding over Uganda’s 426-member parliament fields questions, comments, complaints, demands, and even threats regarding the uncertain future of Uganda’s elderly population, who have been left vulnerable after decades of difficulties. Since 2010, some districts of the country have benefited from a pilot pension scheme that has helped not only the ever-increasing aged population, but also the families they are often responsible for.