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2006-05-05 | Peer Reviewed

Community-Based provision of development services in rural South Africa

Visser, Martine and Matthew Breier . 2006. “Community-Based provision of development services in rural South Africa.” South African Journal of Economics 74:2: 301-314.
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This paper analyses participatory development through the lens of public goods theory. South Africa's Community Water Supply & Sanitation Programme is discussed as a case study.

It is often contended that rural development works most effectively when beneficiary communities are active project participants, and not the passive recipients of assistance. This paper analyses participatory development through the lens of public goods theory. South Africa's Community Water Supply & Sanitation Programme is discussed as a case study. Conclusions from our game-theoretic analysis are used to make suggestions for South African development policy.