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Publication - Professor Sarah Smith

    Does participation lead to on-going infrastructure maintenance? Evidence from Caribbean landslide mitigation projects

    Citation

    Holcombe, E, Berg, E, Smith, S, Anderson, M & Holm-Nielsen, N, 2017, ‘Does participation lead to on-going infrastructure maintenance? Evidence from Caribbean landslide mitigation projects’. Journal of Development Studies.

    Abstract

    Donor-funded infrastructure projects may focus on construction and neglect longer-term sustainability. Engaging local communities has been proposed as way of inducing on-going maintenance by facilitating co-ordination and a sense of ownership, but there is little evidence on its effectiveness in practice. We analyse data from inspections of 103 landslide hazard mitigation drains in Saint Lucia several years after construction. We conclude that community participation at the beginning of the project, by accessing local knowledge, is associated with improved construction quality, but appears to have no impact on subsequent maintenance, suggesting that contractual provision for maintenance may be required.

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