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Challenges of accountability in resource-poor contexts: lessons about invited spaces from Karnataka’s Village Health Committees

Madon, Shirin (2017) Challenges of accountability in resource-poor contexts: lessons about invited spaces from Karnataka’s Village Health Committees. Oxford Development Studies. ISSN 1360-0818

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13600818.2017.1313397

Abstract

Invited spaces have been discussed by development scholars and policymakers as a new and important means of promoting accountability in primary healthcare. Although numerous experiments have been initiated to establish such spaces in resource-poor contexts, we still have little understanding of how these spaces are used and their effectiveness. Based on our longitudinal study of the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs) in Karnataka, we trace changes that have occurred in the frequency and quality of interactions between state, political and civil society committee participants as they come to understand the possibilities afforded to them, work out tactics and develop a set of practices that make them accountable to each other for improving village health. Our findings suggest that strengthening accountability within invited spaces can form an important basis for improving the primary healthcare system with implications for research and policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cods20/current
Additional Information: © 2016 Oxford Department of International Development
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 11:22
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:57
Projects: 5.011E+11
Funders: British Academy
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68201

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