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A Model of NGO Regulation with an Application to Uganda

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  • Ronelle Burger

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    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

  • Indraneel Dasgupta

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    (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences,Calcutta)

  • Trudy Owens

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    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

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We develop a model of regulation of service-delivery NGOs, where future grants are conditional on prior spending of some minimal proportion of current revenue on direct project-related expenses. Such regulation induces some NGOs to increase current project spending, but imposes wasteful costs of compliance verification on all NGOs. Under a large class of parametric configurations, we find that regulation increases total discounted project expenditure over a regime of no regulation, when verification costs constitute no more than 15% of initial revenue. We characterize the optimal regulatory policy under these configurations. We apply our analysis to a large sample of NGOs from Uganda, and find regulation to be beneficial in that context.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 22/2011.

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Keywords: Regulation of non-governmental organizations; developing countries; Uganda;

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  1. Burger, Ronelle & Dasgupta, Indraneel & Owens, Trudy, 2014. "Why Pay NGOs to Involve the Community?," IZA Discussion Papers 8051, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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