The Status of Social Security Systems in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities

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This paper aims at examining the social security systems (social protection) in Uganda. The paper seeks to provide an overview of the evolution of social security systems in the country from the pre-colonial era through the colonial period to the post-colonial with a focus on challenges and opportunities.

This paper aims at examining the social security systems (social protection) in Uganda. The paper seeks to provide an overview of the evolution of social security systems in the country from the pre-colonial era through the colonial period to the post-colonial with a focus on challenges and opportunities. The trends of social security development indicate that Uganda has inherited a formal social security system established by the colonial administration that caters for both public and private employees. Uganda has a multi-tier pension system model with contributory social insurance, non-contributory direct income support and voluntary private pension schemes. However, the traditional (informal) social support mechanisms (kinship, extended family and mutual support groups) are the most important social security providers in the country, particularly to those who lack or have limited access to formal systems, such as those in the informal sector. The paper concentrates mainly on the social security systems in Uganda with only a few references to other countries.

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Uganda, December 20, 2014

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978 9970 477 03 6