The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Reviews prepared by UNCTAD aim to contribute to the development of national capacities in this field in order that national science, technology and innovation plans and programmes make an effective contribution to development strategies and improve the competitiveness of the productive sectors in a global economy in which knowledge is an increasingly important factor. This review is intended to be a tool for learning and reflection. It is an analytical instrument, not a rating mechanism, which examines a set of proposals from an external and neutral perspective.
The STIP Review of Uganda was prepared on the request of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda.
Ugandan development aspirations require that its national science, technology and innovation (STI) plans and programmes make an effective contribution to its social and economic development. Strengthening national innovation performance is required to improve the competitiveness of Ugandan firms and industries competing in the global economy. Furthermore, like all other countries, Uganda is facing the challenges of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here, as well, technology and innovation are increasingly important factors of success.
The Review has three fundamental goals. Its first goal is to offer Uganda an assessment of activities and institutions that make up its STI ecosystem. The second goal is to draw attention to the main STI policy challenges and enhance institutional capacity for policy design and deliver through capacity building activities. Special attention has been placed on the agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTs). The third goal is to provide recommendations for strengthening STI policies and propose measures that may improve national technological capacities and encourage innovation.