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Uganda's Human Resource Challenge

Training, Business Culture and Economic Development

by Jörg Wiegratz

Despite significant economic recovery and improved macro-economic indicators since 1986, Uganda’s economy continues to face considerable challenges. This book analyses the relationship between economic and human resource development in the country. It identifies deficits in capabilities, skills, know-how, experience, linkage building, and technology use as well as undesirable business practices. These shortcomings limit economic diversification, productivity enhancement, job and income creation, as well as poverty reduction. The book calls for more efforts towards human resource development. The current narrow mainstream economic policy focus on macro-economic stability, a favourable investment climate, and improved physical infrastructure alone will not foster economic development and broad-based well-being. The Ugandan people and the private sector need more state support - in addition to the predominant education and health focus of the government and donors - if they are to develop the required human resources. More and better training, enhanced learning at the place of work and an improved business culture are vital. It is essential to focus on technical, organisational, managerial, entrepreneurial, learning, innovative, social, and institutional capabilities. Efforts towards dealing with these challenges will require attention to the political-economic climate of the country. To make the argument, the author covers a wide range of topics such as training and learning, technology, productivity, latecomer development, competitiveness, labour market, MSMEs, entrepreneurship, value chains, cooperation and trust, and human resource management. The book contains more than 130 figures, tables and information boxes.

ISBN 9789970029686 | 434 pages | 254 x 178mm | 2009 | Fountain Publishers, Uganda | Paperback



'This is a very original and timely analysis of today’s ‘real’ Ugandan economy with a focus on issues have often been neglected in mainstream studies. It contributes to important debates. The book advocates more attention to human resources for the economy to advance more sustainable human development in the second decade of the 21st century.’

Timothy M Shaw, Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts Boston

"On making the case for human resource development as part of private sector development, Wiegratz provides a crucial reminder that people matter more, and not less than foreign direct investment, capital accumulation, technology acquisition, infrastructure development and all the factors that are considered as good for business."

Daily Monitor, Uganda



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