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Service delivery on the cheap? Community-based workers in development interventions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-58
Number of pages18
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number1
PublishedFeb 2011

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Within current neo-liberal approaches to development, models of community driven development (CDD) assume that community based workers ( CBW’s) are kety actors in improved and accessible service delivery. We argue that the use of CBW’s is under-theorised and seems to be largely based on untested assumptions about community participation and responsibility. Drawing on studies of water management and home-based care in Tanzania and South Africa, the article explores issues of accountability, professionalism, and personal motivations in systems involving CBW’s. It argues that many assumptions in relation to the effectiveness of CBW programmes require re-visiting.

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