Combating Rural Public Works Corruption: Food-for-Work Programs in Nepal

IRIS Center Working Paper No. 239

84 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2001

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Patrick Meagher

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

Kumar Upadhyaya

HURDEC, Human Resources Development Centre

Betty Wilkinson

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

Date Written: Febuary 2000

Abstract

This paper documents an innovation in project governance mechanisms aimed at reducing corruption in local civil works programs in Nepal. The results show that enabling local "ownership," monitoring, and management of small civil works programs can substantially reduce corruption and raise the producitivity of resources invested. Replicating such a process innovation on a large scale is a difficult task, but can be successful if care is taken to ensure consistent adherence to its main governance principles.

Keywords: Nepal, Asia, food, corruption, civil programs, governance

Suggested Citation

Meagher, Joseph Patrick and Upadhyaya, Kumar and Wilkinson, Betty, Combating Rural Public Works Corruption: Food-for-Work Programs in Nepal (Febuary 2000). IRIS Center Working Paper No. 239. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260044 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.260044

Joseph Patrick Meagher

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

2105 Morrill Hall
College Park, MD 20742
United States
301-405-3721 (Phone)

Kumar Upadhyaya

HURDEC, Human Resources Development Centre ( email )

GPO Box 158
Kathmandu
Nepal

Betty Wilkinson (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

2105 Morrill Hall
College Park, MD 20742
United States
301-405-3110 (Phone)
301-405-3020 (Fax)

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