World Bank promotes citizen action to help fight corruption and poverty

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:43 AM
Author: Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Citizen-led action can complement the anti-corruption work of governments and the private sector and increase chances of successful development projects that reduce poverty, experts said at the World Bank spring meetings.

Involving local communities in the design and monitoring of development projects not only can improve their quality but also reduce abuse of funds, civil society groups and policymakers said.

"Projects fail because citizens are not listened to. Citizen engagement has the potential to be the most transformational change in the way we work," said Sara Aviel, U.S. representative to the World Bank in opening a panel discussion on how to accelerate citizen's participation and responsive government.

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