Publication: Empowering Communities : The Local Initiatives Support Program in Russia
Prosperity from economic growth is not shared evenly among Russia's population and regions. Local communities and rural territories face serious development challenges: including poor living conditions, infrastructure, and services and lack of citizens' participation in decision-making processes. The Russian Federation Local Initiatives Support Program (RF LISP) aims to address community challenges by introducing a participatory approach to the development and rehabilitation of local-level social infrastructure. Specifically, LISP channels funds from regional budgets to finance participatory projects in poorer local communities. For the period 2009-14, LISP has been implemented in six regions and has resulted in more than 1,200 projects with over 1 million beneficiaries. Key factors for LISP success are the following: (i) mainstreaming of LISP into the national administrative system and budget process, and (ii) providing the Bank's technical assistance at all stages of project implementation to share international experience in community-driven development (CDD) projects, and ensuring transparency and quality of LISP procedures.
“Shulga, Ivan; Sukhova, Anna; Khachatryan, Gagik. 2014. Empowering Communities : The Local Initiatives Support Program in Russia. Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Brief;No. 71. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/18932 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”