Date of Award

Fall 2006

Project Type


Program or Major

Political Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Mary Malone


This study examines public opinion of international aid in Ghana with a focus on a multivariate ordinary least squares regression model. It first examines the country of Ghana and the events that led to involvement with the International Monetary Fund under the Economic Recovery Program. After analyzing existing literature on satisfaction with government and economic programs, the study goes on to suggest what might drive citizen satisfaction with these programs. Using information from the Afrobarometer survey, this thesis proposes that public opinion of international aid programs is related to the tangible benefits they provide and the publics' perceptions of inequality with regards to the program. This research then used a multivariate regression analysis to evaluate the suggested hypotheses. Finally it will suggest several courses of action that may be taken by international aid organizations to improve public satisfaction with their programs.