Country Session 9: Uganda

The session was chaired by Tessa Bold (University of Frankfurt; IGC Uganda), lead academic for IGC Uganda. Tessa highlighted the themes and on-going and prospective projects of the newly launched IGC country programme in Uganda.

Andrew Zeitlin (Oxford) opened the session focusing on community-based monitoring of public services as a possible solution to accountability problems when state oversight is limited. Combining field and lab experiment in 100 primary schools, the results show substantial impacts of participatory monitoring has a positive impact on pupil test scores as well as significantly decreases pupil and teacher absenteeism, while the standard community-based monitoring, without the participatory design, has small and insignificant effects. The results have implications for the design of community- based monitoring policies, and help to explain their variable effectiveness across contexts.

David Yanagizawa-Drott (Harvard) then presented an investigation of the mechanisms that determine the prevalence of fake antimalarial drugs in local markets, their effects, and potential interventions to combat the problem. Using samples from a large set of local markets in Uganda the authors find that 37% of the local outlets sell fake antimalarial drugs. A market-level experiment revealed evidence that an intervention to introduce authentic drugs reduced prevalence of fake drugs by half. The study also provides suggestive evidence that misconceptions about malaria lead consumers to overestimate drug quality, and that opportunistic drug shops exploit these misconceptions.

Audio is unavailable for this session.