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What is Wrong with the Constituency Development Funds?


  • Albert van Zyl


This brief will argue that Constituency Development Funds (CDFs) have a negative impact on accountability and service delivery that most poor countries can ill afford. The risks associated with CDFs should be taken more seriously by governments, donors, CSOs, and other actors involved in the development process. They should actively discourage their adoption in countries where CDFs are being considered and promote other options for strengthening legislatures and improving local project delivery that could be more effective. [Policy Brief No.10]

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  • Albert van Zyl, 2010. "What is Wrong with the Constituency Development Funds?," Working Papers id:2644, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2644
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    CDFs; poor countries; accountability; donors; constituency; development; governemnts; project delivery; CSO;

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