World Bank Community Driven Development Implications

Client: World Resources Institute, Consultant for World Bank
Faculty: John Gershman
Team: Nahreen Khandker, Joanna Savvaides, Liesl Thomas, Rachel Whisenant
Year: 2004
The Capstone team was responsible for examining the World Bank’s community driven development (CDD) approach on natural resource management, rural development, and poverty reduction. The team was involved in extensive research to define community driven development as a development technique, assess its state of practice under World Bank operations, and explore the effectiveness of the CDD approach on natural resource management (NRM) in particular. As an integral component of the research methodology, the Capstone team reviewed numerous World Bank project assessment documents and produced a comprehensive database encompassing all relevant information. Key issues addressed in the analysis were that of representation, accountability, the role of discretion in local empowerment, and evaluation of the mechanisms used to encourage the selection of natural resource management by local communities.