Digital Payments for Education in Uganda

Analyzing the public school payment ecosystem, with recommendations for digital solutions
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Meeting education payments is particularly difficult for poor and rural families in Uganda. Given that the country has the youngest population in the world, with 70% of the populace under the age of 25, an effective, affordable, and relevant education system is particularly important. Vital Wave performed a landscape analysis of the public primary and secondary school payment ecosystem, conducting research across the education value chain. 

This report provides an overview of key impediments related to education payments experienced by caregivers, and provides recommendations on designing digital payment solutions and potential interventions, prioritizing payment-related solution areas that offer the greatest value to families and the broader education and payments ecosystem. The report also provides an overview of some acute non-payment-related challenges that impede access to education, and it presents areas for further exploration.

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