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A word from the Director

Fred Matovu (PhD)

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the varying levels of vulnerability countries, both developed and developing, face. It has tested the resilience of systems, both health and economy-wide systems to deal with and overcome shocks of global scale. As a Policy-research oriented Institution, PADRI, in collaboration with its partners is undertaking a range of research activities to analyze the effect of the policy and strategies the country undertook to respond to the Pandemic. Some of our current research is focusing on understanding the effect of COVID-19 on food security and other livelihood dimensions of the urban poor and the coping mechanism and strategies undertaken at the household, community, and national level.

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Our policy analysis work is focusing on both, the short-term responses to the pandemic, and medium and long-term impacts and how to build resilience, especially among the poor and vulnerable communities. Through our research, we do make a contribution towards finding workable solutions which are relevant to the local context to address the development challenges of society. Our future research strategy is to strengthen our capacities, collaborations, and partnerships to address the many challenges and in some cases opportunities, which the Pandemic has brought to the fore of research and policy formulation.

Our Story


Policy Analysis and Development Research Institute (PADRI) is a research and training Institution to foster knowledge generation and dissemination for development through evidence-based quality research; capacity building and policy analysis.


A Centre of Excellence in Knowledge Generation for Sustainable Development.


To create a path for sustainable development through research, analysis and capacity building using innovative techniques and professional human resources.

Core Research Areas
  • Poverty and Welfare analysis
  • Social and Economic Impact Evaluations
  • Economics of Health and Education
  • Natural Resources and Renewable Energy
  • Nutrition and Food Security and Agriculture
  • Migration & Youth Employment
  • Digitalization and labour market outcomes
  • Experimental Research
  • Financial Inclusion and women empowerment
  • Corruption, Governance and Development


Our Commitment

We have continued delivering on our core research and training in the areas of policy analysis, impact evaluation and training in data management software such as STATA, SPSS, Epi data packages and we will continue to invest in these programs with fresh outlook and focus. Our programs will evolve with changing times Recently PADRI went through a restructuring.

This included implementation of the best research management practices with the purpose of providing timely solutions and increasing efficiency and effectiveness in supporting the research industry through capacity building. I believe we streamlined our management and operations, strengthened our leadership, improved our services and enhanced our communications with all our stakeholders.We launched our website and moved to a new environmentally and friendly office, which was set with sustainable materials.

Our logo is designed to highlight our bright future, while the website shows our commitment to streamlining and technology. Our office demonstrates our commitment to environmental sustainability. We have prepared our four-year strategic plan, “strategic plan 2013/14-2016/17”, to guide us through the next stage and to help meet the needs of our stakeholders. This plan and our management team have the Foundation poised to make significant contributions to the welfare of our stakeholders. Finally, a special thank you to the Board of Directors and staff for their unwavering support in preparation for the new administration and beginnings. Respectfully