Participatory development as a dimension in Africa's development and transformation efforts
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Tandon, Yash;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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As prevalent paradigms of development fail to solve the increasingly desperate economic and social situation in Africa, policy-makers have begun to look for alternative workable models, and of late have been waxing lyrical about "popular participation" as a way of restoring their declining credibility. Even the "Development bureaucracies" of the Bretton Woods institutions have begun to see the merit of the "participatory" approach. For example, in an article in the IMF journal, Finance and Development, titled "Can local participation help development?" Michael M. Cernea learning from Mexico's PIDER programme wrote: Local participation was conceived as a way of improving the quality and effectiveness of these investments. In many cases, decision making without the involvement of the beneficiaries misdirected funds, while the participatory approach succeeded in improving their allocation.