University of Oregon

Field-based Development and Research Work in Uganda

Program Overview

Note: This program will run in summer 2018.

The "Field-Based Development and Research Work in Uganda" program allows UO economics students the chance to conduct field-based research in Uganda. The program involves preparation and training prior to departure and for a brief period on-site in Uganda, after which time the student will function as an independent field researcher, collaborating with one or more local agencies to collect data and keep the research project moving ahead. The program is an excellent opportunity for a graduate student or an advanced undergraduate student to get hands-on experience with field research.

This program is housed in Kampala, the largest and capital city of Uganda.  Kampala is a major center of cultural and economic activity and a meeting point for Uganda's many diverse peoples. The program partner in Uganda is AVSI (Associazione Volontari al Servizio Internazionale). AVSI has worked in Uganda for over two decades and serves as the participants' main local agency contact while they are conducting research in Uganda.

Academic Details

The "Field-Based Development and Research Work in Uganda" program involves one to two students working with limited supervision in Uganda on economic development research projects of faculty in the UO Department of Economics for the duration of one quarter. The program is housed within AVSI, a large international organization based in Kampala involved in a research partnership with Professor Alfredo Burlando. The current research program includes the study of how informal lending groups can be used to provide financial services to the most vulnerable members of rural communities. In the future, it is expected that the research program will expand in other directions as well.

Each student participant will work as a member of the local research team. At some point during the program, Professor Burlando or his collaborators will plan to visit the research project for a period of up to 14 days.

Participants will earn 12 credits in research course work (equivalent to either EC 401 or EC 601) and gain field-research experience that contributes to participants' professional development 

Faculty and Staff

Alfredo Burlando is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at UO. Professor Burlando’s current research focuses on the interaction between formal financial markets and informal risk sharing networks in East Africa, with ongoing projects on mobile money in Tanzania and savings groups in Uganda. His past work includes an examination of the impact of infrastructure development on health and fertility in Tanzania. He also works on theories that explore the implications of drug legalization on police corruption. Professor Burlando is an Italian national, born in Venezuela to an Italian father and a Colombian mother. He speaks Spanish and became fluent in Kiswahili during his two years working in East Africa.

Housing Description

Housing is arranged at the AVSI headquarters in Kampala. Students will be put in touch with AVSI and will pay for their own accommodations directly. The organization operates a small hostel housing local and international staff.

Additional Requirements

Students must complete EC 490/590 or a similar course before applying (students who have not taken this course should contact Alfredo Burlando).

Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.