Schmidt, Oliver (2012): Uganda's microfinance policy regime: An exploratio through a political-economy framework.
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In 2005, Uganda’ government fundamentally shifted the direction of its microfinance (MF) policy. Hitherto it had focused on integrating MF institutions into the financial sector, allowing them to take deposits. Since 2005, it focuses on savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs); with government funding of and ostensibly interfering in the SACCOs’ operations. This paper explores the reversal of policy direction, drawing on public choice theory. It finds that the shift of policy direction served the objectives of Uganda’s politicians to maintain political power, as it offered them an avenue to create loyalty through patronage. MF special interest groups – particularly development agencies – had chosen a strategy based on information and financial contributions that failed to incite politicians and to maintain univocal support from technocrats and MF practitioners.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Uganda's microfinance policy regime: An exploratio through a political-economy framework|
|Keywords:||Political Economics; Microfinance; Policy; Uganda; Regulation; Policy Making; Economic Develoopment|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O55 - Africa
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D02 - Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O16 - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D78 - Positive Analysis of Policy-Making and Implementation
|Depositing User:||Oliver Schmidt|
|Date Deposited:||04. Nov 2012 15:00|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 21:32|
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