Insights into the information needs of women in the informal sector of Uganda

Robert Ikoja-Odongo J.R.


The informal sector is a fast growing economic sector in Uganda for development and employment of most
small business entrepreneurs including women in the country. This paper presents insights into the
information needs and information seeking strategies of the Ugandan women in the informal sector. Their
business characteristics and sources, and channels they use to access information as well as constraints they
face in information seeking, have been explored and represented. Qualitative research design and methods
that involved the use of critical incidence technique were largely used. One hundred and seventeen women
from five districts were sampled through snowballing and disproportionate sampling techniques. This paper
recommends actions to be taken to make business information available to women. More research on women
related information is advocated.

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