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Research Agenda

Phase 2: 2005-10
Programme 1:
Public Action & Private Investment
Programme 2:
Collective Action Around Service Delivery
Programme 3:
State Capacity

Phase 1: 2000-05

Programme 1:
Financing the State

Programme 2:
Mobilising Public Action

Programme 3:
Co-Producing Public Services

Phase 1
Programme 3: Co-Producing Public Services

The aim of this research programme is to investigate ways in which states can more effectively provide services to poor and disadvantaged people through a range of productive partnerships with other agencies.

The central questions are:

(i) Under what conditions are different kinds of partnerships between the state and other actors successful in providing services to poor people?

(ii) What is the potential for the transfer of successful arrangements to other sectors and contexts?

States in developing countries are increasingly collaborating with other actors in the provision of services. Whether driven by pressures to downsize and contract out services to the private sector or to increase the influence of consumers, the experience with such collaborations has been varied. However, there is little comparative work across countries and sectors that assess the experience.

This programme will examine the lessons from such partnerships to see the factors that enable success and to understand the implications of these arrangements for the organisation of public agencies. Particular attention is paid to the usefulness of the concept of 'co-production': the active involvement of citizen groups in the process of producing public services.

Programme 3 projects include 'Co-production of Taxation in the Informal Sector' with the Centre for Policy Research and Social Engineering, Ghana.

Starting with a case study of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, we seek to understand the benefits and difficulties that follow from involving 'private' associations in the collection of taxes from the informal sector. How effective are these arrangements? How far are the achievements and problems rooted in a specific political context? Are there more general lessons? The findings from this study contribute to a broader research project on co-production arrangements for taxing the informal sector, including small-scale market traders.



Available to view - details of projects under this Programme:


P3.1 - Taxing the Informal Sector

P3.2 - Urban Basic Services, Ghana

P3.3 - Urban Basic Services, Pune




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