Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96725
Authors: 
Burger, Ronelle
Dasgupta, Indraneel
Owens, Trudy
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8051
Abstract: 
We examine the case for donors providing financial incentives to NGOs to increase community participation. We show that, when such incentives are provided, there need not exist any meaningful relationship between beneficiary welfare and the extent of community participation implemented by an NGO. Higher community participation is consistent even with reduced beneficiary welfare. Thus, eliminating community participation from the set of conditions for funding an NGO may improve beneficiary welfare. We provide evidence from the NGO sector in Uganda consistent with our theoretical conclusions. Beneficiaries themselves do not appear to perceive community participation as generating appreciable value-addition in project output.
Subjects: 
regulation of non-governmental organizations
developing countries
community participation
Uganda
JEL: 
I38
L31
L38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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