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Public Works Programmes and Cooperation for the Common Good: Evidence from Malawi

Stefan Beierl, Marina Dodlova (2022)

Key facts

Journal/Publisher
European Journal of Development Research
Type of publication
Journal article
Elements of social cohesion
Orientation towards the common good
Cooperation
Geographical focus
Malawi
Main thematic areas
Social protection

Summary

This paper investigates the relationship between Malawi's largest and oldest public works programme (PWP) and social cohesion, specifically within-community cooperation for the common good. Using both primary and secondary data, we show that public works are associated with higher coordination activities and higher voluntary (unpaid) contributions to public goods, along both vertical ties (between community members and local leaders) and horizontal ties (among community members). Especially for school-building activities, voluntary inputs in the form of labour and other in-kind contributions are higher in the presence of the PWP. Our results contribute to a better understanding of the link between social protection programmes with community-driven features and social cohesion.

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