A lack of accountability is often considered a root cause of conflict. Many post-conflict reconstruction efforts therefore aim to enhance accountability between authorities and the population through community-driven reconstruction (CDR) programmes. This article examines the details of the accountability mechanisms in the Tushiriki CDR programme in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Based on ethnographic research, we found little impact of formal programme accountability. Rather, accountability was shaped differently and had its own context-specific meaning. To make accountability more sustainable, stronger embeddedness in local institutions and more appropriate translations of abstract concepts into the local context are needed.

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Development in Practice
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Kyamusugulwa, P., Hilhorst, T., & Jacobs, C. (2018). Accountability mechanisms in community-driven reconstruction in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Development in Practice, 28(1), 4–15. doi:10.1080/09614524.2018.1397103