Participating or taking control? An experience in rural planning from Mali (PLA 44)

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Published: June 2002
Participatory Learning and Action
Product code:G01999
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Participatory Learning and Action series, issue 44: Local Government and Participation

Although Rural Councils in Mali control management of natural resources, they depend on local taxes and levies on the use of natural resources to generate income for management - a system that is often abused. This paper assesses an attempt to build capacity of the councils to ensure community involvement, to reduce the risk of corruption and improve long-term sustainability.

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