Do Local Participatory Institutions improve Service Delivery? Contrasted experimental evidence from health facility committees in South Kivu (DR Congo) and Burundi

Title
Do Local Participatory Institutions improve Service Delivery? Contrasted experimental evidence from health facility committees in South Kivu (DR Congo) and Burundi
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Jean-Benoît Falisse # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
3rd Apr 2018 13:00 - 3rd Apr 2018 14:15
Location
Practice Suite 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/q-step/community/events/research_seminars/2018/do_local_participatory_institutions_improve_service_delivery_contrasted_experimental_evidence_from_health_facility_committees_in_south_kivu_dr_congo_and_burundi

Community governance has become a mainstream approach for managing service delivery in low-income countries. There is, however, little empirical evidence that such local participatory institutions ultimately improve the provision of services. The paper considers the case of elected health facility committees, the quintessential institution of community governance in health, in the contexts of Burundi and South Kivu (DR Congo).

The committees are known to be ineffective, and the theoretical literature and empirical research alike point out to the fact that the main obstacle could be an ‘institutional knowledge’ gap: committee members are simply often unaware of their entitlements and responsibilities. Jean-Benoît will present his conclusions from a randomised control trial he designed to test this hypothesis and how he made this work, both statistically as well as in the field. 

This seminar will take place on April 3rd, from 13.00-14.15 in the Practice Suite (1.12) on the first floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

Three students looking at laptops