The Research agenda focuses on institutional and behavioral economics and management studies.
Agriculture and Rural Finance Program (AGRUFIN)
Research: The impact of financial literacy training among market vendors in the Rwenzori region (2015 -2016)
To establish the impact of different delivery methods of financial literacy trainings on financial knowledge and behavior of small scale entrepreneurs.
The research is done by three partner institutions: GIZ AGRUFIN, DIW Berlin and Mountains of the Moon University. DownLoad the Paper here
The role of boards of directors in the performance of savings and credit cooperatives (2014-2016)
Since 2005, savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) have been assigned an important role by Government of Uganda in its rural development strategy, in particular financial inclusion. However, there are concerns about the capacity of the members of these SACCOs to form effective boards of directors which are at the centre of organizational governance.
This project is carried out by Mr. Bernard Muhangi as part of his PhD-course at Uganda Management Institute (UMI).
Financial literacy evaluation (FL-Eval, June 2015 – Dec. 2016)
This is an experimental study (randomized control trial – RCT) of the impact of different FL-training formats. It is carried out in 84 market places in the Rwenzori region (about 1,200 respondents) in three ‘waves’ (baseline and 2 follow-up surveys).
FL-Eval is a partnership project between MMU, the University of Kiel (Germany) / German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the Agricultural and Rural Finance (AGRUFIN) programme of German International Cooperation (GIZ).
Project team (operations): Mr. Mawenu Robert (MMU), Mr. Tim Kaiser (DIW), Ms. Provia Tumuramye (MMU), Ms. Esther Nanjovu (GIZ)
Project steering committee: Prof. Lukas Menkhoff (DIW), Dr. Moses Muhumuza (MMU), Ms. Julia Kirya (GIZ)
Governance structures and performance of agricultural value-chains (2013-2016)
This research identifies pattern of relationships (governance structures) between the three stages of agricultural value chains (VC) – here: dairy farmers, transporters/pre-processors, processors; and to find out if different government structures influence the performance, in particular quality of various dairy products.
Data was collected between September 2014 and February 2015 in three major milk sheds of Uganda, i.e. Rwenzori region, South Western region and central region. A total of 140 triad VCs (three VC-stages). After data cleaning, analysis considered 115 triad chains thus 345 respondents.
The project is carried out by Ms. Joanita Kataike under a PhD-scholarship under MMU’s partnership with the University of Ghent (Belgium), funded by the Flemish Inter-University-Council (VLIR). Her PhD-supervisors are Prof. Xavier Gellynck (UGhent) and Dr. Oliver Schmidt (MMU). Joanita has presented papers at conferences in South Africa and India.