Putting the Power of Transparency in Context: Information's Role in Reducing Corruption in Uganda's Education Sector

13 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2008

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Paul Hubbard

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: 12/13/2007

Abstract

One of the popular stories told (and taught) in development circles is how corruption was slashed in Uganda simply by publishing the amount of monthly grants to schools. This paper takes a deeper look at the facts behind the Uganda story and finds that while information did indeed play a critical role, the story is much more complicated than we have been led to believe. A dramatic drop did occur in the percentage of funds being diverted from Uganda's capitation grant. But to attribute this leakage solely to the monthly release of grant data by the government risks ignoring the major funding in which this transparency campaign was embedded.

Keywords: education, Uganda, corruption, transparency

Suggested Citation

Hubbard, Paul, Putting the Power of Transparency in Context: Information's Role in Reducing Corruption in Uganda's Education Sector (12/13/2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1100131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1100131

Paul Hubbard (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
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