Improving the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in the provision of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Uganda; paper presented at the International Conference on administrative development toward excellence in public sector performance at King Faisal Hall of Conferences Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, November 1-4, 2009

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Institute of Public Administration
The fundamental aim of forming a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is to improve the provision of public services generally and in terms of quality and accessibility in particular. Unfortunately, realizing this aim as effectively as desired has eluded many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This has particularly been witnessed in the higher education sector. Despite the existence of PPPs in this sector, the quality and accessibility of higher education has continued to fall short of stakeholder expectations in many Sub-Saharan countries, including Uganda. This implies that the PPPs formed in this sector have largely been ineffective. Accordingly, this paper uses descriptive and factor analysis to explore the causes of such ineffectiveness and how they can be addressed to avert it. The paper is divided in four parts. The first part focuses on the methodology used to come up with the paper; the second part is on the effectiveness of the PPPs in terms of quality and accessibility of higher education; and the third part is about determinants of this effectiveness and how they cause the infectiveness of the PPPs in Uganda’s higher education. The fourth part is on how the causes can be addressed in order to improve the provision of higher education through PPPs
The conference paper is available full text.
Private Public Partnership, Higher education, Public services