Accountability to the Client: governance in international development

TrustLaw reports

Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel prize for work that showed local communities were able to manage at-risk resources better than business or government, died last week. Ostrom gained recognition for challenging the notion that only top-down intervention could help save dwindling forests or water supplies.

“What we have ignored is what citizens can do and the importance of real involvement of the people versus just having somebody in Washington or at a far, far distance make a rule,” Ostrom said on the day her Nobel was announced.

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