Title
Who takes a seat at the pro-poor table? Determinants of civil society participation in poverty-reduction strategies
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Austin, Tex. ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
Latin American research review / University of Texas [Austin, Tex.] - Austin, Tex.
Volume/pages
46(2011) :3 , p. 112-132
ISSN
0023-8791
ISI
000298513200006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Although much has been written on civil society participation in the formulation and monitoring of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), very little systematic and scientific evidence exists on the kind of organizations that participate and the elements that explain their involvement in these processes. This article considers one country case, Honduras, for which survey data were gathered from 101 civil society organizations (CSOs) in 2006. This study examines the characteristics these organizations display which explain (non) participation in the next participatory round of the PRSPs. The findings challenge some of the by now widely accepted ideas relating to the kinds of organizations involved in PRSP processes. The idea that predominantly urban-based, highly professional, well-funded, donor-bred-and-fed nongovernmental organizations participate is too blunt. The Honduran case shows that the players in participative processes are more diversified than much of the current literature on PRSPs suggests.
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