A Model of NGO Regulation with an Application to Uganda

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2011
 
Publication date: 2011
 
Author(s):
[protected email address] (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)
[protected email address] (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences,Calcutta)
[protected email address] (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)
 
Abstract:

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.

 
JEL Classification:

I38, L31, L38

Keywords:

Regulation of non-governmental organizations, developing countries, Uganda

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