Friday, June 2, 2006

In a pilot program promoting stronger village involvement in poverty alleviation participating poorer communities in four provinces will themselves make local development decisions, manage funds, undertake smaller infrastructure projects and public service improvements.

It’s a two-year “community-driven development” (CDD) program launched yesterday by China’s State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD) in collaboration with the World Bank. The program is expected to help around 100,000 poorer farmers in 60 participating villages in Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces and in Guangxi and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions. If successful CDD could become a model for poverty alleviation initiatives on a broader scale under China’s 11th Five-Year Guidelines (2006-2010).

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