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When Citizen Engagement Saves Lives (and what we can learn from it)

When Citizen Engagement Saves Lives (and what we can learn from it) | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
When it comes to the relationship between participatory institutions and development outcomes, participatory budgeting stands out as one of the best examples out there. For instance, in a paper recently published in World Development,  Sonia Gonçalves finds that municipalities that adopted participatory budgeting in Brazil “favoured an allocation of public expenditures that closely matched the popular preferences and channeled a larger fraction of their total budget to key investments in sanitation and health services.”  As a consequence, the author also finds that this change in the allocation of public expenditures “is associated with a pronounced reduction in the infant mortality rates for municipalities which adopted participatory budgeting.”
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Participation and development under fire

Participation and development under fire | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

In overseas aid there are a number of what seem to be simple propositions which hide what is a complex story. One of these is the idea of ‘participation in development’, put simply that aid recipients should have some say in the projects that donors put in place to help them.

The second proposition that is also much in vogue and also impossible to argue with is that aid should show results and provide value for money.

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How best to engage communities in development projects?

How best to engage communities in development projects? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Mark Tran: A World Bank report says state support is crucial for successful community participation. But can people not act for themselves?

It is often an article of faith in development circles that community participation is a prerequisite for successful projects. But a World Bank report last week underlines the difficulties in "inducing" civic involvement and says such projects often fail to be sensitive to social, political and historical contexts.

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ICT4Gov: Improving governance through technology

ICT4Gov: Improving governance through technology | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
What is participatory budgeting and why is it a step in the right direction to e-governance?
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How to … engage beneficiaries in development programmes

How to … engage beneficiaries in development programmes | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
From planning to evaluation, our panel give 13 recommendations for development groups on how to better engage those they intend to help
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Participation makes a difference - but not always how and where we might expect

The challenge now is for donors and development institutions to take a broader and longer-term view of what participation is about, develop a better understanding of the conditions under which it makes a difference, and be willing to support those whose participation may raise uncomfortable

truths, even when these challenge the status quo.

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Can participation be induced ? some evidence from developing countries

The World Bank has allocated close to $80 billion towards participatory development projects over the last decade. A comprehensive review of the evidence on the efficacy of the approach conducted by the authors for the forthcoming Policy Research Report, Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?, finds that while participatory projects have been reasonably effective in improving access to basic services, there is far less evidence of their effectiveness in improving household income or in building sustainable participatory institutions at the local level.

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Moins de stratégie, plus de participation !!! | BTC's blog

Moins de stratégie, plus de participation !!! | BTC's blog | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Dans certaines circonstances, les projets calibrés au millimètre près ne se font pas comme prévu. Des facteurs externes ou même parfois internes viennent perturber le bon déroulement des activités telles que les experts les avaient prévues quelques années auparavant lors de l’établissement des documents préparatoires.

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Mano Demeure's comment, June 20, 2012 7:26 AM
Cher Pierre,

J'ai beaucoup apprécié ton intervention dans le blog.

Mano