Grassroots development and upwards accountabilities: tensions in the reconstruction of Aceh's fishing industry

Rowan Dixon, Andrew McGregor*

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Abstract

This article explores the tensions between aid funding and grassroots development goals in the context of post-disaster fisheries reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia. We argue that both short- and long-term grassroots goals are distorted by upward accountability requirements which lead to unsatisfactory aid outcomes. Our analysis employs the concept of aid webs and draws on fifty-one formal interviews with stakeholders in Aceh in 2007/2008. The findings initially concentrate on the impacts of upward accountability on project cycles, with a particular focus on the problematic incorporation of private boat-building contractors and commercial values during the implementation phase. We then discuss the more subtle, long-term impacts of upward accountability on the professionalization of community institutions - in this case, the Panglima Laot Lhok. We conclude with a few observations about the hybrid institutions - combining elements of local and development cultures - that are produced within the current political economy of aid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1349-1377
Number of pages29
JournalDevelopment and Change
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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