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Increasing the power of the poor? NGO-led social accountability initiatives and political capabilities in rural Uganda

King, Sophie 2015, 'Increasing the power of the poor? NGO-led social accountability initiatives and political capabilities in rural Uganda' , The European Journal of Development Research, 27 (5) , pp. 887-902.

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Abstract

Social accountability has become an important new buzzword among development actors seeking to understand the forms of state-society synergy that may be supportive of better public services. Advocates suggest demand-side initiatives are key to increasing the power of the poor in service provision, while sceptics question the application of technical fixes to complex political challenges. This article reports findings from qualitative research into the political capabilities outcomes achieved among local health and education stakeholders through the social accountability interventions of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Western Uganda. It argues that NGOs are unlikely to generate substantive advances for social accountability in agrarian contexts characterised by patronage politics without organising marginalised groups themselves to tackle the causes of their disadvantage.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: The European Journal of Development Research
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0957-8811
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: Dr Sophie King
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 10:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39341

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