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Impact of Social Capital on Community Participation in Uganda

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2022, 31(3), pp.19-53
  • DOI : 10.22739/ipaid.2022.31.3.19
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies
  • Received : November 4, 2022
  • Accepted : December 8, 2022
  • Published : December 30, 2022

Sang-Il Han 1 Mbabazi Godfrey 2 Deuk Jong Bae 1

1연세대학교
2Uganda Management Institute, Uganda

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ABSTRACT

After 1992, bold decentralization of local governance took place in Uganda. Uganda was one of Africa’s fastest-decentralizing countries, and community participation was at the center of reform. As participation-based local governance is considered important throughout decentralization reform, it is necessary to identify the determinants of community participation by examining the social relations among residents, local government, and community organizations. This study defines the types of social capital, validates the measurement scales, and analyzes the effect of the types on participation in Uganda. For empirical analysis, Afrobarometer Round 8 data are used. Regression analysis and Structural Equation Model estimation are conducted on a total of 964 samples of Ugandan residents. The results show that network capital was predictive of both types of community participation and contact with institutions is a mediator of institutional trust. Based on the results, theoretical and practical implications for improving Uganda’s local community participation are derived.

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