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Problematising the community-contribution requirement in participatory projects: evidence from Kyrgyzstan

Babajanian, Babken V (2011) Problematising the community-contribution requirement in participatory projects: evidence from Kyrgyzstan. Development in Practice, 21 (3). pp. 317-329. ISSN 0961-4524

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09614524.2011.558068


This article examines the extent to which the World Bank-funded Village Investment Project in Kyrgyzstan promoted empowered participation of citizens in co-financing arrangements. It is based on in-depth qualitative interviews and focus-group sessions in 16 rural communities. The study found that the poor and marginalised did not always have the ability to engage in the processes of consensus building, influencing local decision making, and exercising free choice with regard to the contribution requirement. Participatory projects must carefully design arrangements and operational procedures for the co-financing component of the project, in order to support citizen empowerment and democratic inclusion.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
JEL classification: P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P25 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics; Housing; Transportation
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R4 - Transportation Systems > R42 - Government and Private Investment Analysis
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 10:31
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:15

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