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This handbook represents the excellent cooperation between the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the State University of New York Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) over the past several years to address the considerable growth of parliamentary involvement in grassroots community development across Commonwealth countries over the past two decades. One important and popular tool in this effort has been the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), a programme which appropriates national funding for MP-influenced, locally determined constituency level development. A central hope behind CDFs is that local input promotes better targeting of projects to the needs of constituents, more attention to implementation, and a way of holding government officials responsible for results by giving capacity for development to MPs whose electoral fate will be locally determined.

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