Monday
July 13
2020

Report: Digital Solutions Key in Boosting Uganda’s COVID-19 Health Response, Aiding Faster Economic Recovery

Uganda has made significant strides in developing its digital economy, but the latest World Bank economic analysis says more needs to be done for citizens to harness the full benefits of technological innovation post-COVID-19.

Measures to contain the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in the past three months, including restricting movement of goods and services, has severely affected the economy and disrupted people’s livelihoods. The analysis projects real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 will be between 0.4 to 1.7%, compared to 5.6% in 2019. With the economic impact of COVID-19, locusts and floods, the report warns that more than one million Ugandans could fall into poverty due to economic hardship and a lack of alternative means of survival.

Photo courtesy of EU ECHO / Edward Echwalu.

Source: Press Release (link opens in a new window)

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Coronavirus, Technology
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coronavirus, digital inclusion, digitization, disaster relief, World Bank