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Record number 486515
Title Power Holders and Social Dynamics of Participatory Development and Reconstruction: Cases from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author(s) Kyamusugulwa, P.M.; Hilhorst, D.
Source World Development 70 (2015). - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 249 - 259.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.02.002
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) community-driven development - collective action - elite capture - governance - weber,max - state - peru
Abstract One of the challenges of participatory development and reconstruction programs is how and where to engage with power holders. This paper analyses the dynamics of power relations within a community-driven reconstruction program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It shows that, in some circumstances, elite control can be a way of ensuring the provision of pubic goods and that conflict between elites can benefit project outcomes. The paper concludes that in this and similar contexts, development programs should consider bringing elites into the equation of governance and invest in understanding better the working and accountability of existing institutions for development.
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