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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Mokhammed Sarker

Attaining Self-reliance and Sustainability of Local Level Development through Citizen Participation. Experience from Bangladesh

2012. No. 1. P. 106–126 [issue contents]

This article examines the necessity of bottom-up planning and citizen inclusion in lieu of the top-down approach at the local level development and it explores the potentiality of attaining self-reliance and sustainability of local level initiatives through citizen participation. It looks into citizen inclusion with an assumption that local knowledge is a prerequisite of responsiveness in determining local priorities and pro-poor development through which local citizen could be self dependent and local initiatives could be sustained for a longer period. Before writing this article, a participatory initiative named the «Participatory Rural Development Project» (PRDP), implemented jointly by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the government of Bangladesh were studied. This article addresses two questions like- (1) why is citizen participation necessary? (2) What would be the role of citizen participation to make local people self-reliant and to ensure sustainability of the initiatives? In fact, six reasons were identifi ed: coverage, dignity, efficiency, effectiveness, self-reliance and sustainability behind opting for citizen inclusion in local level development. The study found that PRDP nearly failed to inculcate a sense of self-reliance among local citizens. The traditional mindset of local citizens, to be dependent on others, did not change to a required level and they were still possessed by a mood of dependency. Furthermore, the absence of self-reliance meant the sustainability was under threat. While efficiency, effectiveness, coverage and dignity were somewhat attained, PRDP could be described as having almost failed in the issue of self-reliance and sustainability.

Citation: Sarker Mokhammed Khosseyn (2012) Dostizhenie samodostatochnosti i stabil'nosti razvitiya munitsipal'nogo upravleniya s privlecheniem k sotrudnichestvu grazhdan. Opyt munitsipal'nogo upravleniya v Bangladesh [Attaining Self-reliance and Sustainability of Local Level Development through Citizen Participation. Experience from Bangladesh] Public Administration Issues, 1, pp. 106-126 (in Russian)
ISSN 1999-5431
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