Uganda’s National Single Registry: a foundation for a digital social protection ecosystem

This report about the National Single Registry explores Uganda’s journey to establish an integrated and digital information system for social protection. It analyses the rationale, key functions, implementation approaches, institutional arrangements, and the place of the registry within Uganda’s digital ecosystem. It also presents insights and practical lessons gleaned from design and implementation of the digital platform.

Overall, Uganda’s National Single Registry is one important building block in its quest to establish a digital social protection ecosystem. The research shows that while technology elements are crucial for setting up integrated and digital information systems for social protection, they are not the only success drivers. In fact, Uganda’s Single Registry was underpinned by strong coordination mechanisms, a strong social protection policy environment, coordinated multi-stakeholder funding, broader e-governance system, a strong legal and governance framework and a young but growing data protection environment.