Seminar

Maarten Voors: Community Development in The Long Run

Decades of unaccountable leadership, conflict and underdevelopment have limited the reach of the state into rural Sierra Leone and left communities with a dearth of public services.

Organisator Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
Datum

do 28 september 2017 12:30 tot 13:30

Locatie Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
201
6706 KN Wageningen
0317-483639
Zaal/kamer C82

This project explores two distinct mechanisms to bridge the gap between communities and government. The first evaluates the long run effects of a community-driven development (CDD) program, which devolved financial and implementation control over public services to communities, accompanied by intensive social facilitation. 

The second assesses a low cost technocratic alternative that identifies and supports high competence community members to take better advantage of development programs offered by the government. It leverages local talent, addresses information barriers, and augments existing managerial capital with basic training in project management. A third component elicits expert beliefs about the efficacy of these two approaches, assesses their forecast accuracy, and evaluates how beliefs change in response to new information.