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Promoting empowerment? The World Bank's Village Investment Project in Kyrgyzstan

Babajanian, Babken V (2015) Promoting empowerment? The World Bank's Village Investment Project in Kyrgyzstan. Central Asian Survey, 34 (4). pp. 499-515. ISSN 0263-4937

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02634937.2015.1095967


This article examines the extent to which the World Bank's community-driven Village Investment Project empowered people to influence the choice of local investments (micro-projects) and to exact accountability from their leaders. It is based on qualitative interviews and group discussions in 16 rural communities. The research demonstrates that the project provided an effective mechanism for responsive infrastructure delivery to address local priority needs. However, it did not improve accountability either within or outside the micro-project boundaries. The project's bottom-up development model was not by itself sufficient to enable people to exercise power over local government officials and informal leaders in the absence of effective horizontal accountability institutions within the state.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 Southseries Inc
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 15:55
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:06
Projects: PTA-155-27-0012, PTA-155-27-0012
Funders: ESRC, Economic and Social Research Council

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