Willy Turyahikayo

Willy Turyahikayo MBA
University of Twente
Kyambogo University
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Willy Turyahikayo is a student at the University of Twente (Enschede). He is also working at Kyambogo University (Kampala). The research, he is currently working on is: The impact of public procurement practice {tactical level purchasing} on socioeconomic development outcomes in Uganda.

PhD Research
The study is premised on the belief that government actions - especially those associated with procurement - directly or indirectly influence and or can be used as a lever to enhance more efficient realization of several desired developmental happenings and outcomes in the economy. This means that in one way or the other government's deliberate and or unconscious effort can be responsible for the observed socioeconomic, political, and environmental situations in a country. Our study is occasioned by the fact that while the government of Uganda prescribed and adopted compulsory competitive tendering as the sole procurement technique to be utilized by public procuring entities, government departments, and agencies for goods, services, and works exceeding a certain threshold since 2003, no intensive research has been undertaken to establish the real impact of this procurement process.

While some studies conducted elsewhere reveal divergent and somehow conflicting viewpoints regarding the importance and impact of compulsory competitive tendering on development generally and socioeconomic development in particular, others have criticized it and portrayed it to be neither efficient nor effective. This seems to imply that unless 'fixed up' competitive tendering yields less than optimal outcomes. Public procuring entities may need to adopt differentiated procurement strategies; specification tactics, portfolio models and/or contracting arrangements in order to more efficiently realize the diverse public procurement objectives and socioeconomic development outcomes. It is therefore anticipated that the findings of this study will try to depict how and to what extent the current procurement practice applied by public procuring entities in Uganda can be used as a lever for enhancing the realization of socioeconomic development outcomes such as poverty reduction; development of contestable local supplier markets, empowerment of women, youth & disabled; compliance with NSSF and PAYE requirement, and environmental protection.