Urban Community Engagement for Cleaner Neighbourhoods
Researchers: Tara Mitchell and Carol Newman
Partners: World Bank, Municipal Development Agency of Dakar
Sample: 2,400 households living in peri-urban areas of Dakar
Theme: Infrastructure and Health
This study is a component of the World Bank-assisted Stormwater Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project (PROGEP) and uses a randomized controlled trial to provide evidence on how PROGEP can best achieve its community engagement objectives. Community participation is seen a key factor to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure investments put on the ground by PROGEP. The impact evaluation component of the project estimates the effectiveness of alternative mechanisms for engaging local populations in the preservation of public spaces. The two interventions studied by the evaluation are designed to achieve community engagement through (i) motivating communities to self-organize by financing community-proposed micro-projects; or (ii) targeting established community-based groups with social contract and performance-based incentives.