Fred Matovu, PhD (Economist): Principal Research Fellow & Director

Dr. Fred Matovu is Senior Economist and Director of Policy Analysis and Development Research Institute (PADRI); and a Senior Lecturer of Health Economics at the School of Economics, Makerere University with over 20 years of experience and track record in research in the areas of Policy Analysis, Cost and cost-effectiveness, Impact evaluations, Equity and welfare analysis. He holds a PhD in Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London.

He has previously served as Social Policy Advisor to the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and a member of various technical committees including the Uganda Social Protection Task force and the Steering committee for the Development of National Development Plan III. He has conducted research and consultancies for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, NGOs and international agencies including UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, WHO, DfID and the World Bank.

He has conducted collaborative research in Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He has vast experience managing large-scale research projects, the most recent ones being a Scoping study for Refugees in Uganda, Evaluation of the Merck for Uganda Mothers (MUM) Social Franchise for Maternal health, and the Uganda Cost of Living with Disability Survey (UCLDS). He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and is a current member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership in Uganda, the African Economic Research consortium (AERC), International Health Economics Association (iHEA), Uganda Economics Association and a member of the scientific committee and editorial board of the Journal of African Health Economics and Policy.

Alex Aliga is on track pursuing his PhD (Economics) in Makerere University and he holds a Master’s degree in economic policy and planning. He has high analytical skills and a wealth of experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

He has worked with PADRI for the last 7 years as a research fellow. He has been actively involved in all PADRI’s research undertakings and consultancies funded by but, not limited to: USAID, IDRC-Canada, The World Bank, Merck international, Development Pathways and Government of Uganda. In this position, he plans, conducts, coordinates and manages all research and training activities including data analyses and reports writing.

He has travelled widely in the country side to supervise research activities.  Alex was the local Economist on a project evaluating the Profam Social Franchising for Maternal Health Case Study in Uganda (June, 2015-May 2016) conducted by the London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and PADRI in Uganda.  He is highly proficient in STATA, Familiar with and used Survey CTo and World Bank’s Survey solutions. He is also a lecturer of economics and econometrics in Uganda Christian University.


Fred Kasalirwe is an Economist and Research fellow at Policy Analysis and Development Research Institute with over 8 years of experience in social and economic development research, training and project management, with great research experience in Economic Policy Analysis and social research.

He has undertaken research projects at co-leader, coordination, supervisory and analysis levels supported by but not limited to, Ministry of Health, Stop Malaria Project, Maestral International LLC, Oxford Policy Management, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), AVSI Foundation Uganda, DfiD, International Development Research Center (IDRC), Malaria Consortium Uganda, World Vision Uganda, Mercy Corps Uganda and the World Bank and has worked on research projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Richard Sebaggala currently holds aMaster’s Degree in Quantitative Economics, Makerere University and on course to attaining a PhD in Economics from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. His total working experience of up to 12 years and currently still employed as a lecturer of economics in Uganda Christian University and is the Head of Oil and Gas Leadership Institute, School of Research and Post Graduate Studies.

His working experience comes a long way as he has worked as an Associate Research Fellow in Policy Analysis and Development Research Institute (PADRI), Research Manager, Population Service International (PSI), Richard is research supervisor and author with great research projects such as Economic Analysis of the determinants of tobacco and alcohol consumption in Uganda funded by African Economic Research Consortium 2015 (AERC),

The Effects of Agricultural Extension Services on Farm productivity in Uganda.The study was funded by AfricanEconomic Research consortium (AERC). His main attributes come from proposal development, data collection, data management and Data analysis. With knowledge of the computer based data applications such as spss, data.

Mr. Aliga holds Masters of Arts (Economic Policy and Planning) from Makerere University. He has a wealth of experience in research work using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and report production.

He was involved in a regional project investigating social protection and vulnerable communities in East Africa; implication on household welfare and the Nation-wide consultations conducted between May – July 2014, by the National Planning Authority, UNDP and UNHR with Local Governments, Municipal councils and national stakeholders to prepare LGD issues paper for National Development Plan II (2015/16-2019/20).

In 2015/2016, he was involved in the evaluation of the PROFAM network to explore the quality of maternal and new born health services provided at the social franchises facilities in Uganda. He is skilled in quantitative data analysis using STATA, and HyperResearch for qualitative data.