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World Bank Participatory Development Approach in Country Assistance Strategy: the Cases of Mozambique and the Republic of Senegal


  • Mohamed El-Hodiri

    () (University of Kansas)

  • Rokhaya Ndiaye

    () (World Food Program, Senegal)


This paper uses Mozambique and Senegal as case studies to assess the World Bank's claim to be following a process of participatory development process in providing assistance to countries. The participatory process has been popular with academics and practitioners in the field of Economic Development, as well as institutions looking for ways of addressing concerns over lack of stakeholder inputs in the development process. We compare what the Bank claims to be doing on this front with what the stakeholders in Mozambique and Senegal claim to have actually experienced. The evidence suggests the Bank tend to follow a process that gives the appearance of participation; but in actuality the process excluded the people of Senegal and Mozambique from the decision process. Our results question whether the World Bank process represents a facade that legitimates policies decided without consultations with the presumed beneficiaries of the development process.

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  • Mohamed El-Hodiri & Rokhaya Ndiaye, 2010. "World Bank Participatory Development Approach in Country Assistance Strategy: the Cases of Mozambique and the Republic of Senegal," Journal of African Development, African Finance and Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 85-88.
  • Handle: RePEc:afe:journl:v:12:y:2010:i:2:p:85-88

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