• Health Care, Education and Entrepreneurship: A Foundation for Rapid Economic Growth in Uganda

    What will students gain from this program?

    The Darden Worldwide Uganda course will provide students with first hand experiences through meetings with entrepreneurs, established businesses, government, health care, education and development professionals across the region. The course will provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the interplay among these themes, as catalysts for growth and economic and social prosperity. Participants will be challenged to build a personal understanding of the interdependencies among the major social and economic ecosystems impacting growth and economic development throughout Uganda. Importantly, participants will enjoy the people, the sights, sounds, food, culture and history of this incredible country in East Africa.

    Academic Program Overview:

    Macroeconomic background: Starting in the late 1980s, the Uganda government pursued a series of stabilization and pro-market structural reforms. The resultant macroeconomic stability, post-conflict rebound, and investment response generated a sustained period of high growth during 1987-2010. Real gross domestic product growth averaged 7% per year in the 1990s and the 2000s, placing Uganda among the 15 fastest growing economies in the world. However, over the past decade, the country witnessed more economic volatility and the growth in gross domestic product slowed to an average of around 5%. With the population increasing at a rate of at least 3% per annum through these decades, per capita income growth decelerated from a rate of 3.6% recorded in the decades of 1990s and 2002, to about 2%. Going forward, takeoff of a huge public investment program and resumption of private sector economic activity in the post-election era is expected to drive growth.

    With these structural challenges in mind, the program will encourage participants to build a much more in-depth understanding of the interplay between current and aspirational policy and practices that impact the opportunity for Uganda to move toward a more sustainable approach to their future. A final, short individual reflection paper will require each participant to consider what they have learned in the course, and to highlight some of the core challenges and opportunities currently facing the business professional or entrepreneur in Uganda.

    Faculty Leader

    Paul Matherne

    Program Dates

    11–19 May 2019

    Host Partner

    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Institute of Management Sciences

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