The purpose of this study is to examine, through a randomized field experiment in Afghanistan, whether the creation of democratically elected local institutions improves the effectiveness of aid delivery to vulnerable populations. Specifically, we provide food aid in the form of wheat to local leaders in Afghan villages and then compare the outcomes of the wheat distribution between villages with customary governance structures and villages with newly created democratically elected village councils.
Christia, F.; Enikolopov, R.; Beath, A. Local Institutions, Accountability and Community Trust: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan (IGC Preliminary Policy Brief). International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2012) 3 pp.