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Submitted by Vijayendra Rao on
On this topic, Nigel Robert's was careful to restrict his comments to evidence from Indonesia - and in particular to the KDP (Kecamatan Development Project) which is considered one of the most effective and innovative projects ever implemented by the Bank. But before we extrapolate from the KDP experience to endorsing such approaches globally, it would be important to keep in mind that the evidence does not suggest that large-scale community based approaches to inducing improvements in trust have been effective in other parts of the world, and - indeed - there is evidence to suggest that it has not worked very well in other Indonesian projects such as the Urban Poverty Project (which is the urban equivalent of KDP). As Nigel says, it is important to keep the context in mind and be humble about the ability of large scale development interventions to make a difference in complex social interventions.