Who supports foreign aid in Uganda?

A new paper by Harris, Milner, Findley, and Nielson finds that while the Ugandan public generally prefers foreign aid to government programs, Ugandan elites (LCs and MPs) prefer government programs:

We examine the differences in behavioral and attitudinal responses between mass and elite recipients. We generally find that citizens strongly prefer foreign aid over government programs, and elites in most contexts express a preference for government programs over foreign aid. The results for masses are stronger than for the elites, but we interpret this as evidence that citizens see aid as an escape from clientelism, whereas elites may perceive more avenues for the capture of aid resources.

 

Full paper here.

One Reply to “Who supports foreign aid in Uganda?”

  1. ugandans support foreign aid because they see it as a relief from heavy taxes levied on them by this current government.Surely all Ugandans would prefer government programs over foreign aid but not with this current government where all structures are down and they have ultimately failed to perform.

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