icrw.org (2021) Uganda has a female labor force participation of 67 percent. While some efforts to advance social protection are being made, Uganda currently spends only about 3.5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) towards that end. Meanwhile, the National Employment Policy (2010) covers social security only for workers in the formal sector, leaving informal workers unsupported.
allAfrica.com - Taxi drivers and boda boda cyclists cross the country whose businesses were affected by the lockdown will benefit from the government Covid cash, Mr James Ebitu, the director of social protection in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, has said. Other groups in all urban centres such as single mothers and ghetto youths will benefit unlike last year when government gave food to only Kampala Metropolitan Area.
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.