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Title:NGOs, elite capture and community-driven development: perspectives in rural Mozambique
Editor:Arnall, Alex
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:rural development
community participation
local politics
aid agencies
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X13000037
Abstract:This article examines the problems of elite capture in community-driven development (CDD). Drawing on two case studies of non-governmental organization (NGO) intervention in rural Mozambique, the authors consider two important variables: the diverse and complex contributions of local elites to CDD in different locations and the roles that non-elites play in monitoring and controlling leader activities. They argue that donors should be cautious about automatically assuming the prevalence of malevolent patrimonialism and its ill-effects in their projects. This is because the 'checks and balances' on elite behaviour that exist within locally defined and historically rooted forms of community-based governance are likely to be more effective than those introduced by the external intervener. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]