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    Employee Engagement, Antecedents and Turnover Intent in Selected Firms in Uganda
    (2016) Owor, Joseph Jakisa
    Purpose of the study was to find the relationship between employee engagement, its antecedents and turnover intent in selected firms in Uganda. Cross-sectional survey design was employed to examine the relationship between nine HR practices (antecedents), employee engagement and turnover intent using self-administered questionnaires on 1,773 employees from four purposively sampled firms in Kampala, Mukono, and Buikwe districts. Hypotheses were tested using correlation and hierarchical regression analysis. All the nine antecedent variables studied were significantly positively correlated with employee engagement and employee engagement was significantly negatively correlated with turnover intent. The hierarchical regression results shows that only five of the nine antecedents were significant predictors of turnover intent - employee development, compensation fairness, perceived social support, reward/recognition and collaboration. The study found that employee engagement is not a partial mediator between the antecedents and turnover intent because the hierarchical regression analysis shows that after controlling for the antecedents, employee engagement did not contribute unique variance to turnover intent (∆R2 = .003, p = .17). This study is unique in that studies in other contexts found employee engagement to mediate the relationship between the antecedents and turnover intent. It is recommended that even if engagement was not found to be a significant predictor of turnover intent, collaboration, reward & recognition, perceived organizational support, compensation fairness, and development are significant predictors and should be deliberately promoted.
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    Effects of public private partnerships on education service delivery in Uganda: A comparative analysis of technical efficiency of secondary schools in Mukono district.
    (2015) Kyagulanyi, Ronald; Tumwebaze, Jonathan
    The 2015 Public Private Partnership Act makes provision for policy stability in order to reduce private sector uncertainty on investment, develop institutional capacities for technical analysis, monitoring and management of public private partnerships (PPP Act, 2015). Through the use of a comparative research design, this paper examined whether secondary schools under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement are more efficient in regard to UCE pass rate and enrollment when compared to schools which are not under partnership. The study further examined whether management styles impact efficiency of secondary schools. Using primary data from a sample of 95 secondary schools in Mukono district we find that Non-PPP schools are more efficient than those under PPP in regards to pass rate. However, in respect to enrollment, schools under PPP were found to be more efficient and management was found to be significantly impacting on the efficiency of schools. On this ground a number of recommendations are made to ensure that PPP is of greater benefit to Ugandans.
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    Financial literacy and household investment choices in Uganda
    (2013) Kasalirwe, Fred; Lokina, Razack
    This study, aims at investigating the relationship between financial literacy and household investment choices. Specifically, the study establishes whether households with high financial literacy levels are more likely to choose to invest; through a bank investment account, with an informal group, in a personal business or invest in Agriculture. Financial literacy is measured using three questions that capture an understanding of the basic financial concepts of interest rate, discounting and borrowing. Both univariate and multivariate analysis techniques and a Probit model are used to tease out the levels of financial literacy, its determinants and its relationship with household investment choices. The study results reveal low levels of financial literacy in Uganda. Also, the study reveals that financial literacy is significantly associated with household socio-demographic factors. The study finds that, financial literacy is positively and significantly associated with household investment choices. The study establishes a key investment venture of Agriculture which requires to be revamped since it is neglected yet it is still very essential to the country’s economy. The results also contribute to the government’s National Financial Literacy Strategy by establishing the population segments that is most/least financially literate hence such initiatives should be directed towards such population groups with low financial literacy levels.
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    The Impact of Access to Agricultural Services on Maize Productivity in Uganda.
    (2016-10) Musinguzi, Isaac
    The study examined the influence of access to agricultural services on maize productivity in Uganda. It was motivated by the fact there are low maize yields and yet the government has continuously increased funding to the agricultural sector through providing agricultural services to the maize farmers. The study analysed the access to credit services, extension services and access to markets and their influence on maize productivity. Using the multiple linear regression analysis and the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/2009 data, collected by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS), we found that access to credit services leads to an increase in maize productivity, access to extension services increase maize productivity and access to markets leads to an increase in maize productivity. On the basis of these observations, we recommend that there is need for government to strengthen measures for farmers to access credit through farmer membership groups, VSLS, farmer banks, need by government to employ more extension workers to cover the largely unreached areas at the village levels and the central government should work together with the local governments in establishing maize produce markets in each sub-county in order to reduce the distance farmers take to reach the markets and through group marketing under farmer groups.