Environmental Management

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 15–29 | Cite as

Purpose-Driven Public Sector Reform: The Need for Within-Government Capacity Build for the Management of Slope Stability in Communities in the Caribbean

  • Malcolm Anderson
  • Liz Holcombe


This article stresses the importance of within-government capacity build as the optimal approach to minimizing landslide risk to the most vulnerable communities in the developing world. Landslide risk is an integrated issue that demands strong managerial leadership and multidisciplinary inclusion to develop structures that deliver sustainable improvements in the reduction of risk. The tension between projects demanding international technical and financial intervention and those capable of “within-country” solutions are examined. More particularly, the challenges of developing a management methodology capable of energizing inter-ministry collaboration to achieve community-level action is examined in the context of a recently established program of slope stability management in St. Lucia. The program, Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC), is shown to have successfully fostered not only extensive technical collaboration within government but also to have energized local communities in the shared mission of capacity build through their direct involvement in the management process.


Slope stability Community Public-sector reform 



The authors are grateful to the Government of St Lucia for partnering the project outlined in this article and for providing logistical support. Funding from ESRC is duly acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geographical SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom

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