Published by
Centre for Development Alternatives / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

After three decades of neo-liberal economic management, and faced with stalled transformation, the Government of Uganda (GoU) is showing a renewed interest and confidence in proactive industrial policy. A National Industrial Policy has been drafted and an Industrialisation Masterplan commissioned.

The prospect of industrial policy success hangs in the balance: it can kick-start the deeper transformation so sorely needed to provide decent jobs and incomes to Uganda’s bulging youth population, but can just as easily become an extractive tool for patronage politics that stifles economic progress.

This study aims to help shape the next phase of industrial policy in Uganda. It brings together valuable lessons from Uganda’s own past and from the rich global literature on the politics, delivery, and content of industrial policy.