Institutions are important determinants of economic development. However, there is little evidence about how best to ‘improve’ institutions that are already in place. Moreover, is it possible, or even desirable, for external actors like foreign aid donors to attempt to restructure local power dynamics in less developed countries? Community Driven Development (CDD) programs are among the most popular approaches to make local institutions more inclusive. This research project uses a rigorous randomized experimental design to assess the impacts of a well-implemented CDD program on local public goods and institutions in post-war Sierra Leone.
Casey, K.; Glennerster, R.; Miguel, E. Reshaping Institutions: Evidence on External Aid and Local Collective Action (IGC Policy Brief). International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2011) 3 pp.