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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 10 Local level adaptive planning: Winners and local losers in machakos district, Kenya

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 10 Local level adaptive planning: Winners and local losers in machakos district, Kenya Mary Tiffen Participation cannot be effective if it stays at Decision-making was adaptive, in that the the extremely local level. The decay of local District Steering Committee met to receive government institutions and of local reports and adjust plans on a monthly government's independent revenue limits local schedule. Its decisions were rubberstamped by people's power to influence; it increases that of the District Development Committee, a large civil servants, consultants, and aid agencies. and not very effective body meeting about 3 This situation can only be changed by a times a year. On this, elected representatives conscious political decision of the government such as the local MPs and officers of the concerned. County Council were completely outnumbered by officials of Government Departments. The Machakos Integrated Development Programme (MIDP) was the first District Machakos is noteworthy for the activity of level-planning programme, launched in 1978 self-help groups, and for the effectiveness of with European Development Fund (EDF) aid. its coffee co-operatives. These organisations In principle, its planning was to be integrated, carry out activities within the area of a sub- decentralised and ...

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