The NDPF, was launched by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister on 20th February 2014, is a mechanism for facilitating the successful implementation of the Uganda Vision 2040. The objectives of the Forum are as follows, to;

  • act as a platform for constructive policy debates that should lead to a better understanding of Uganda’s development issues;
  • enable stakeholders identify economic and social issues critical to the realization of the Medium Term National Development Plans and the Vision 2040; and
  • enhance stakeholders’ ownership of the resultant policy reforms through participation in policy formulation.

To date, six debates have been successfully conducted under this NDPF framework.

This new innovation is line with NPA’s mandate of establishing a national think-tanking facility, whose purpose is to study and publish independent assessments of key economic and social policy issues and options so as to increase public understanding and participation in the economic and social policy debate. This will enable Ugandans to understand and appreciate the challenges that stand in the way of achieving Vision 2040 in order to jointly participate in overcoming them.

The quarterly forum will consist of scheduled presentation of selected papers and policy debates. To ensure the comprehensiveness, relevance of the issues that will be presented at the Forum debates, NPA will liaise with the relevant line institutions to; identify issues for the policy debates of the Forum, review the papers for quality assurance; and present the emerging issues to the relevant policy makers for implementation.

The Forum debates target the following stakeholders: the general public; Government Ministries, Departments & Agencies; Local Governments and Urban Authorities, Development Partners; Civil Society; Academia and the Private Sector.


NPA organized the 6th National Development Policy Forum on The Process of Attaining Middle Income Status on 13th October 2016

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1st NDPF – Effect of Procurement Procedures and Project Implementation on Absorption
2nd NDPF – Uganda’s Public sector borrowing requirements, financing options and the implications for economic performance – 1st paper
2nd NDPF – Financing Fiscal Deficits in Uganda: Options and Strategy – 2nd paper
3rd NDPF – Gender Economics for improved productivity and growth in Uganda
4th NDPF – Land Reform and Investment in Agriculture for socioeconomic Transformation

5th NDPF – Pre-primary and Primary Education in Uganda: Access, Cost, Quality and Relevance
6th NDPF – The Process of Attaining Middle Income Status: What does this mean for Uganda?