Corruption in community-driven development: A Kenyan case study with insights from Indonesia

Corruption in community-driven development: A Kenyan case study with insights from Indonesia

Community-driven  development  is  a  widely  employed  development  strategy  for  empowering  people  to  choose  their  own  development  priorities,  to  select  their  own  project  leaders,  and  to  monitor  the  implementation  of  their  projects.  It  is  often  assumed  that  this  model  results  in  lower  corruption  rates.  In this paper we take a look at two such projects, the Arid Lands Project in Kenya and the KDP/PNPM project in Indonesia. These projects had strikingly different corruption rates, even though the countries in which they operated had similar corruption perception rates at the beginning of the projects. The goal of this paper is to highlight the specific design elements that may account for the different rates of corruption in these two projects.

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