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Accountable Aid

By Patricia Feeney
ISBN: 9780855983741
In this work, the author examines the case of the Rondonia Natural Resource Management Project (PLANAFLORO) in the Amazon, funded by the World Bank, and considers the frustrations created when local NGOs and communities were effectively excluded from decisions about a project that claimed to be participatory.

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  • Synopsis
    The Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 generated much rhetoric about the need for collaboration between local communities and multilateral funders of major development projects, in order to preserve natural resources. Since then there has been intense debate about the importance of local participation, accountability to local communities, transparent procedures and gender-sensitive planning. In this work, the author examines the case of the Rondonia Natural Resource Management Project (PLANAFLORO) in the Amazon, funded by the World Bank, and considers the frustrations created when local NGOs and communities were effectively excluded from decisions about a project that claimed to be participatory. In contrast, she considers examples of relatively good practice, most notably the Joint Forest Management project, funded by the British Overseas Development Administration, in Karnataka, India. The author also examines recent atttempts by the World Bank to involve local governments in decision making. From a focus on individual projects, the book moves to a consideration of local participation in entire projects - the World Bank's Country Assistance Strategies - and community involvement in projects funded by the private sector. It ends with a summary of the lessons to be learned by local and international NGOs and by major donors.
  • Table of Contents
    Acknowledgements
    Preface

    Chapter 1. Participatory development, An overview
    Chapter 2. The World Bank and the Brazilian Amazon, lessons in participation
    Chapter 3. Gender, equity, and exclusion in the Western Ghats
    Chapter 4. Global benefits, local costs, expulsion from the Kibale Forest
    Chapter 5. Accountability mechanisms
    Chapter 6. Extending participation and ensuring equity
    Chapter 7. Lessons learned -the benchmarks for accountable development

    Appendix. NGO's and participation - the benefits of forest protection in Orissa
    Notes
    Selected bibliography
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Patricia Feeney
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 176
    Format Paperback / softback