Who's in Control? Mitigating Elite Capture in Community-Driven Development.
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to determine how the design of a
community-driven development (CDD) project can mitigate the misappropriation of social
funds from international agencies to community-based organizations (CBOs) through elite
capture. The goal of this study is to provide recommendations to ensure a more equitable
use of social funds to community groups. The research entailed ... read morea meta-analysis that
synthesized the findings of studies to explore how elite capture arises in CDD projects.
The results reveal that mitigating elite capture necessitates better understanding of the
underlying motivations of project participants. More effort should be made to involve less
organized and connected communities to submit applications for CDD projects. A better
understanding of governance structures and participatory planning is imperative. These
findings are important for the field of international development because they can help
stakeholders better understand possible biases of a community prior to engaging in a CDD
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Weiping Wu.
Committee: Reinhard Goethert.
Keywords: Public policy, Urban planning, and Political Science.read less
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