The Politics of Participation: An Evaluation of Citizen Community Boards in Pakistan

In 2001, the Pakistani government passed a law devolving power to local municipalities. The law also instructed the creation of independent citizen councils. The councils are designed to give average people a voice in government and some authority over how development funds are spent.

International groups are hopeful that these councils will lead to wider democratization but little is known about how they actually function.

The purpose of my project is to explore how national policies are implemented on a village level and see whether these boards lead to greater participation.

26 Feb-- For updated photos from the field click here.

For formal reports and documentation click here.