30 Jun 2008

ADB official calls on development agencies to focus on participation

3:14 pm on 30 June 2008

An Asian Development Bank study says there needs to be more focus on participation for development to be successful.

The study "Capacity development - Pacific Choice" was the subject of a seminar in Wellington today.

Stephen Pollard, an economist in the Pacific Department of the ADB, says for many major development agencies, participation is yet to become a significant feature.

"In terms of providing better assistance, better designed assistance, assistance that's likely to lead to more sustainable outcomes that requires a broader set of consultation a broader ownership and broader participation in actual design."

Stephen Pollard says by engaging whoever is relevant, there's more likely to be a lasting solution.