BARRIERS TO ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE
Many conflicts in development can be understood as struggles by the poor to hold
the powerful to account. Contests over the rights and responsibilities of actors in
development are increasing in intensity amid clashes between the promotion of a rights-based
developmental approach and market-based notions of access and entitlement to
resources. How these conflicts are played out has enormous implications for efforts to
tackle poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals1.