Does participation lead to ongoing infrastructure maintenance? Evidence from Caribbean landslide mitigation projects

E.A. Holcombe*, Erlend Berg, Sarah Smith, Malcolm Anderson, Niels Holm-Nielsen

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Abstract

Donor-funded infrastructure projects may focus on construction and neglect longer-term sustainability. Engaging local communities has been proposed as way of inducing ongoing maintenance by facilitating coordination and a sense of ownership, but there is little evidence on its effectiveness in practice. We analyse data from inspections of 103 landslide hazard mitigation drains in Saint Lucia several years after construction. We conclude that community participation at the beginning of the project, by accessing local knowledge, is associated with improved construction quality, but appears to have no impact on subsequent maintenance, suggesting that contractual provision for maintenance may be required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1391
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume54
Issue number8
Early online date22 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Community Participation
  • Disasters
  • Developing Countries

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