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Breakdown in PakistanHow Aid Is Eroding Institutions for Collective Action$
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Masooda Bano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781329

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781329.001.0001

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Fixing Incentives

Fixing Incentives

The Way Forward

(p.167) 7 Fixing Incentives
Breakdown in Pakistan
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This chapter discusses the policy implications of current research in terms of guiding aid to community-based collective action initiatives and civil society groups. It presents five policy measures that can help improve the overall effectiveness of aid that is channeled through NGOs and civil society groups. The first is that one must work with people who are willing to put in effort and time instead of people who want to make a living off the given cause. The second measure involves investing building resources that can help the group carry out their activities, while the third states that monitoring the impact of organizations through engaging their members is important. The fourth measure states that members must enter the relationship as equals and be willing to understand the conceptions of desirable ends, as given by the local groups. The fifth and final measure discussed is that one must be aware that the nature of interactions between and among the members of the group will change as the project changes. The chapter stresses that incentives would need to be adjusted as time passes.

Keywords:   policy implications, collective action, policy measures, aid, NGOs, civil society groups

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