The key findings of the research are that:
- CARE’s Community Score Card programmes have contributed to strengthening service provision and community-state relations in each of these countries, in different ways.
- Often this requires high levels of engagement with, and working through, different levels of the state apparatus. For support based on the idea of civic engagement, this is a counter-intuitive finding.
- Impacts are often ‘stuck’ at the local level and have only translated into national level impacts where they have plugged into existing reform processes.
By Joseph Wales and Leni Wild