Failure to create public value through privatisation: a case study of Uganda
by Moses Mulengani
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management (IJPSPM), Vol. 1, No. 3, 2009

Abstract: Employing secondary data, the study examined the public value created by privatisation process in developing countries. It explored the privatisation reform and the impact of privatisation on the quality of service delivery in Uganda as a case study from 1992 until 2004. The findings showed little progress on the socio-economic welfare of the majority of Ugandans, with benefits being achieved by a few rich people, foreigners and managers of the process. Privatisation did not fulfil its intentions since 1992 because: the government did not adequately facilitate citizen's participation in the process; privatisation was a conditionality reform driven by the World Bank and IMF which caused deviations from the overall priorities of improving services to merely disposing off public enterprises and the process lacked transparency, thus, exposed the process to corruption. It was also observed that though privatisation improved the efficiency and profitability of individual enterprises, there were no benefits realised by communities.

Online publication date: Wed, 04-Nov-2009

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