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Niwagaba, Lillian Katono Butungi. Shifting Paradigms, Changing Fortunes: Fundraising
at Makerere University. Doctor of Philosophy (Higher Education), December 2012, 185 pp., 4
tables, 4 figures, references, 129 titles.
Fundraising for higher education is a recent phenomenon in Uganda where the
government has supported education for decades. Recent structural adjustment and liberalization
policies mandated by the World Bank and the IMF and internal financial exigencies have
necessitated funding diversification in higher education in Uganda and increased the need for
private financial support. In developed countries like the United States, Canada, and
increasingly, the United Kingdom, private support from alumni, individuals, corporations, and
other stakeholders is a key component of higher education funding.
This study used qualitative methodology and a holistic case study research design to
explore the fundraising function at Makerere University. Tierney's organizational culture
conceptual framework was used and data were collected through semi-structured interviews, an
alumni questionnaire, document analysis, and observations. The findings include a governance
and management structure that does not adequately support the fundraising function, strategies
that are adapted to suit the Ugandan cultural context, perceptions of corruption and lack of
transparency; and internal conflicts that limit communication and damage the image of the
institution. The findings show that Makerere University is not strategically capitalizing on its
position as the oldest and largest public university in Uganda and the region to mobilize private
support. Reforms addressing the issues and seeking to enhance student and alumni experiences
are contributing to fundraising success in various units. The reform efforts include transitioning
to a collegiate system, procuring enterprise- wide financial and student services systems, faculty
and staff sensitization, outreach and community engagement. The focus on the vision, mission
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Niwagaba, Lillian Katono Butungi. Shifting Paradigms, Changing Fortunes: Fundraising at Makerere University, dissertation, December 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177235/m1/2/: accessed March 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .