NGOs, elite capture and community-driven development: Perspectives in rural Mozambique

Alex Arnall, David S G Thomas, Chasca Twyman, Diana Liverman

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Abstract

This article examines the problems of elite capture in community-driven development (CDD). Drawing on two case studies of non-governmental organisation (NGO) intervention in rural Mozambique, the authors consider two important variables-(1) the diverse and complex contributions of local elites to CDD in different locations and (2) the roles that non-elites play in monitoring and controlling leader activities - to argue that donors should be cautious about automatically assuming the prevalence of malevolent patrimo-nialism 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-330
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Modern African Studies
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

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NGOs, elite capture and community-driven development : Perspectives in rural Mozambique. / Arnall, Alex; Thomas, David S G; Twyman, Chasca; Liverman, Diana.

In: Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 51, No. 2, 06.2013, p. 305-330.

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Arnall, Alex ; Thomas, David S G ; Twyman, Chasca ; Liverman, Diana. / NGOs, elite capture and community-driven development : Perspectives in rural Mozambique. In: Journal of Modern African Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 51, No. 2. pp. 305-330.
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