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Submitted by Bonaventure Fandohan on
Accountability in the public service still has a long way to go. The findings about Benin’s community radio are interesting but not surprising. Community radio is relatively new concept in Benin and programs targeting accountability in public service delivery still lag behind. The notion of public good in Benin is not exactly the same as seen in many developed or emerging countries. Another aspect and not less important is the fact that Benin is well regarded in term of democracy in West Africa. However, this country has long to go when it comes to accountability and this is not exclusive to public education. Community radio is a powerful tool that can be used to make positive changes in developing countries. Better programs design, improved skills and consistent effort from NGO and multilateral agencies like World Bank will help along the way.