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Submitted by Rogers Kasaija on

Now, someone is doing the right research, finally. With such practical, non-theoretical research, the days of public wastage may be endangered.
The problem, however, is how best this Community Development concept can be adopted in implementation of public sector priorities.

How can governments procure the services of the community? How will this aline with existing Public Procurement and Disposal legislation? Would World Bank (and development partners) allow such as a procurement or quickly declare such expenditure 'ineligible'? Would Development Partners consider an implementation system where the middle man is eliminated plausible? Would Development Partners take the risk of working with inexperienced Communities that use small local contractors who can not even afford bid security requirements let alone professional indemnity? What systems will be put in place to ensure value for money when dealing with thousands of communities simultaneously? Such are the bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The community structures also present a challenge: who in the community will be entrusted with the management of the project? Who will provide quality control?

No doubt: it has long been known, and now proven by practical research, that non-community players have a lot of wastage in resource utilization. We have to see how to work around the impediments to adoption of community approaches. If such an approach were adopted, many developing countries would be able to fund significant amounts of their Development budgets, which would in turn, transform into economic development.