Besley & Ghatak (Mimeo)Decentralisation and NGOssense of the project belonging to the community and locals involved inadministration may learn valuable skills and are more likely to stay withthe project. It is also likely, that these individuals are easier to monitor andmore accountable to the local community.Provision is likely to more effective if it is in the hands of groups of localindividuals who directly value social protection within the locality. Localproviders may also likely have greater latitude to experiment with differ-ent methods of delivery as compared to a central agency.The problems with these arguments is that they are based on the followingset of conditions, which may not hold in reality.(i) There needs to be a set of institutions which are willing to take on thesocial protection function. In reality, this may not be the case and devolv-ing responsibility for social protection into an institutional vacuum can bedisastrous.
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