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Social funds: an effective instrument to support local action for poverty reduction?

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  • Arjan de Haan

    (Department for International Development (DfID), London, UK)

  • Jeremy Holland

    (Department for International Development (DfID), London, UK)

  • Nazneen Kanji

    (Department for International Development (DfID), London, UK)

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    This paper discusses whether social funds can help to support local action for poverty reduction. It focuses not on the specific poverty-related projects that are supported by social funds, but the way social funds channel resources. In this context, this paper emphasizes the importance-and limitations-of the underlying poverty analysis informing the design of social funds, particularly the identification of beneficiaries. The paper describes the organizational characteristics social funds help to set up, and the relevance of decentralized organizations for community participation. The concluding section focuses on the implications of the tendency of social funds to create parallel structures. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 14 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 643-652

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:14:y:2002:i:5:p:643-652

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    1. Baird, Sarah & McIntosh, Craig & Ozler, Berk, 2011. "The regressive demands of demand-driven development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5883, The World Bank.
    2. Platteau, Jean-Philippe & Somville, Vincent & Wahhaj, Zaki, 2014. "Elite capture through information distortion: A theoretical essay," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 250-263.
    3. Jean-Paul Faguet & Frank-Borge Wietzke, 2006. "Social funds and decentralisation: optimal institutional design," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 2395, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Araujo, M. Caridad & Ferreira, Francisco H.G. & Lanjouw, Peter & Ozler, Berk, 2006. "Local inequality and project choice : theory and evidence from Ecuador," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3997, The World Bank.
    5. Sam Hickey, 2007. "Conceptualising the Politics of Social Protection in Africa," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester 0407, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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