Accountability mechanisms in community-driven reconstruction in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

This article examines the accountability mechanisms in the Tushiriki community-driven reconstruction programme

Abstract

A lack of accountability is often considered a root cause of conflict. Many post-conflict reconstruction efforts therefore aim to enhance accountability between authorities and the population through community-driven reconstruction programmes.

This article examines the accountability mechanisms in the Tushiriki community-driven reconstruction programme in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The ethnographic research found little impact of formal programme accountability. Rather, accountability was shaped differently and had its own context-specific meaning. To make accountability more sustainable, stronger embeddedness in local institutions and more appropriate translations of abstract concepts into the local context are needed.

This work was supported by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) programme

Citation

Milabyo Kyamusugulwa, P. Hilhorst, D. and Jacobs, C. (2018) Accountability mechanisms in community-driven reconstruction in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Development in Practice, 28:1, 4-15, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1397103.

Accountability mechanisms in community-driven reconstruction in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Published 12 January 2018