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Scaling up community-driven development : theoretical underpinnings and program design implications

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  • Binswanger, Hans P.
  • Aiyar, Swaminathan

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Community-driven development boasts many islands of success, but these have not scaled up to cover entire countries. Binswanger and Aiyar examine the possible obstacles to scaling up, and possible solutions. They consider the theoretical case for community-driven development and case studies of success in both sectoral and multisectoral programs. Obstacles to scaling up include high economic and fiscal costs, adverse institutional barriers, problems associated with the co-production of outputs by different actors on the basis of subsidiarity, lack of adaptation to the local context using field-tested manuals, and lack of scaling-up logistics. The authors consider ways of reducing economic and fiscal costs, overcoming hostile institutional barriers, overcoming problems of co-production, adapting to the local context with field testing, and providing scaling-up logistics. Detailed annexes and checklists provide a guide to program design, diagnostics, and tools.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3039.

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Date of creation: 31 Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3039

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Keywords: Community Development and Empowerment; Decentralization; ICT Policy and Strategies; Environmental Economics&Policies; Banks&Banking Reform; Community Development and Empowerment; Environmental Economics&Policies; National Governance; ICT Policy and Strategies; Health Economics&Finance;

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  1. van Zyl, Johan & Barbosa, Tulio & Parker, Andrew N. & Sonn, Loretta, 1995. "Decentralized rural development and enhanced community participation : a case study from Northeast Brazil," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1498, The World Bank.
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  2. World Bank, 2005. "Afghanistan : State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing Poverty," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7318, August.
  3. Nkonya, Ephraim & Phillip, Dayo & Mogues, Tewodaj & Pender, John & Yahaya, Muhammed Kuta & Adebowale, Gbenga & Arokoyo, Tunji & Kato, Edward, 2008. "From the ground up: Impacts of a pro-poor community-driven development project in Nigeria," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 756, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Kalanidhi Subbarao & Diane Coury, 2004. "Reaching Out to Africa's Orphans : A Framework for Public Action," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14909, August.
  5. Deininger, Klaus W. & Galab, Shaik & Olsen, Tore, 2005. "Empowering Poor Rural Women In India: Empirical Evidence From Andhra Pradesh," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 19123, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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