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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1391
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number8
Early online date22 May 2017
DateSubmitted - 13 Aug 2015
DateAccepted/In press - 24 Apr 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 22 May 2017
DatePublished (current) - 3 Aug 2018


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.

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  • Community Participation, Disasters, Developing Countries

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