Pauline Wambua is a Michigan State University Master of Public Policy student, who has had the privilege to spend her summer interning at the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) in Makerere University, Uganda. EPRC is Uganda’s leading think tank in research and development policy. This center provides key policy analysis to support the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of government policies.
Pauline is working with one of the researchers to design a study to investigate optimal financing strategies within Uganda’s primary education subsector. Education in Uganda is centralized and in 1997 the government abolished all tuition fees and other charges for primary education. However, insufficient funding is one of the challenges faced by Uganda’s education sector. Her current role is to review related literature including lessons from other countries. She is also doing trend analyses of household spending on education, national budget allocation on the education sector, and how much schools receive from the government for tuition.
She was also privileged to attend two national functions in Uganda organized by EPRC: a discussion on “Macro economic implications of the 2015/16 budget”, and the 4th National Agricultural Policy Forum.