Bank pilot in Bolivia fails to create ‘clear, structured space’ for CSOs

Caroline Hartnell

‘It’s like you’re walking down the street and someone you know asks you to go along for a ride. You don’t know what’s going on but you might as well go if you’ve got nothing better to do.’

This is how one Bolivian NGO worker described the involvement of Bolivian civil society in the World Bank’s pilot of its Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF) in Bolivia. It reflects both scepticism and a complete lack of involvement: NGOs are mere passengers, they have no say about where the car is going.

How did this state of affairs come about? And are the prospects for the CDF really as bleak as this might suggest?

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