Maria K. Barifaijo, PhD

Rose B. Namara, PhD

Uganda Management Institute

CITATION: Barifaijo M. K., & Namara R. B., November (2015), Reliance on Donor Funding for Staff Development Initiatives in Ugandan Public Universities: “When the hatching machine does the job of hens”: International journal of Social Sciences & Education (IJSSE) Volume 1 (4), 327 -346. ISSN 2105 6008.


The paper discusses the critical role of staff development in terms of training and research; it examines the funding challenges and explores implications of over reliance of donor funding on human capacity in higher education institutions in Uganda. The authors argue that staff development and research are central to the quality of higher education and, a strong motivational strategy for staff working in these institutions, since it is a known fact that career growth leads to upward mobility. The paper discusses how the challenges of insufficient funding has caused serious constraints in the provision of staff development programs in terms of staff training and research, that rendered HEIs helpless in their attempt to retain their key staff which has led to both internal and external brain-drain. Yet, staff development initiatives worldwide, is intended to achieve academic excellence that should stand the test of international comparison, improve quality standards and make these institutions more visible. The paper argues that training and research are core ingredients for achieving sustainable development, institutional profiling, quality of staff and students.Given the critical role of staff development, the paper sought to answer the following questions; (1) What are the current funding challenges facing higher education institutions? (2) How does overreliance on donor funding for staff training affect HEIs? And (3) (What resource mobilization strategies haveHEIs put in place to be able to retain their staff? To answer these questions the Frustration Regress (ERG) by Clayton Aldefer and the Human Capital Flight were adopted. The paper concludes that donor funding greatly builds and boosts human capacity of HEIs. And although donor funding to some extent was responsible for brain-drain, there were other factors such as poor leadership, inequitable compensation, stringent policies, and hostile work environment among others. The paper, hence recommends that HEIs and funding bodies should jointly agree on terms that bind these scholars, institutions should balance internal and external support in funding employee’s career growth. Further, the bonding forms should be succinct with overriding sanctions for non compliance. .

Key Words:brain drain, capacity building,career growth, donor funding, financing higher education, international partnerships, quality, research, retention, staff development, upward mobility.

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