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Accountability at the Local Level in Fragile Contexts: Nepal Case Study

Ottavia Cima

Publisher: IDS WORKING PAPER

2013

This research focuses on the relationship between the state and its citizens and on the accountability mechanisms operating on the supply side and demand side of that relationship. This relationship was observed in the framework of a trail bridge project implemented with a community approach and including the Public Audit Practice, an accountability tool developed in Nepal by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. This paper argues that the public meetings held in the framework of the Public Audit Practice, represent participatory spaces that are created by the project organisation but whose boundaries and internal functioning are shaped by (in part pre-existing) power relations. However, in a context of polarised power structures and discriminatory social and cultural traditions, the meaningful participation of traditionally disadvantaged groups is limited.

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