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Public Organization Review

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 317–333 | Cite as

The Role of Social Accountability in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Developing Countries: An Analysis with Reference to Bangladesh

  • Abu Elias SarkerEmail author
  • Mohammad Habibur Rahman
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Abstract

In spite of different approaches being experimented over the past six decades, poverty alleviation programs in the developing world have largely failed to improve poverty situation. Of all the factors responsible for the growing trend of poverty, the accountability of public officials remains an intriguing one. The relative ineffectiveness of conventional accountability mechanisms has given rise to social accountability practices. This paper aims to explore the terrain of social accountability and its role in poverty alleviation programs in Bangladesh. The paper argues that despite the great potentials, social accountability mechanisms work with difficulties in Bangladesh owing to contemporary socio-economic and political realities.

Keywords

Social accountability Poverty alleviation Developing countries Bangladesh 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Marketing and Public AdministrationUniversity of SharjahSharjahUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Mohammed Bin Rashid School of GovernmentDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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