economic and social upgrading
in global production networks

Capturing the Gains Briefing Notes 05

Economic and social upgrading in tourism global production networks: findings from Uganda

Michelle Christian and Francis Mwaura


Capturing the Gains conducted research in Kampala and Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Researchers outlined the tourism global production network for Uganda and addressed whether economic upgrading occurred for tourism service providers and whether social upgrading followed for workers and tourism community members. The role of public governance policies and local, private initiatives – including trade union activity and firm-independent decisions – and labour market dynamics were key determining factors influencing upgrading.

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