This project aims to see if community driven accountability programs could help to resolve the market inefficiency and improve provision of entitlements. The researchers are using a mixed-methods study of a land rights program in Bihar, India, to explore this issue. The state of Bihar guarantees rural citizens the land rights over homestead land. Yet many of them still don’t have this crucial for their welfare element. In response to an inefficiency of the local government, a local civic organization in Bihar has initiated a program to form village-level community-based organizations which would assist eligible households in applying for title. The proposal aims to study the impact of the program and the mechanisms by which the program succeed or fails using techniques from development economics, comparative politics, and qualitative sociology.
This work is part of the International Growth Centre’s ‘The Impact of Community-Driven Accountability on Land Rights Governance: Evidence from a Homestead Land Titling Initiative’ project
Andre Nickow, Sanjay Kumar (2018) Organizing for Entitlement: A Randomized Evaluation
of a Homestead Land Rights Initiative in Bihar, India. IGC. Reference S-89440-INB-1
Published 1 December 2018