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Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.

Through a set of case studies and analytical tools, they find that India’s experience of SDPs in Nepal involved a wide variety of stakeholders, whose representation turns out to be essential (communities and their groups, local authorities from administration and governments from Nepal and India).

The paper concludes that the decentralised mode of project delivery led to demand for those projects that were relevant to the community. They also have identified gaps in the implementation process and recommend certain policy prescriptions that will improve or enhance the impact of similar development projects for Nepal.