Issues and Dilemmas in Building Development Efforts on Local Organizations.

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Abstract

Local organization building is part of many development interventions, especially in those programs directed at disempowered groups, such as women. Since the mid-1980s, it has been argued that the formation of women's organizations should follow local, indigenous organizing practices. It should moreover be built on existing, informal organizational institutions, such as social networks and neighbourhood groups. The study presented here looks into a case where official organizations aim to organize agrarian women who had already formed their own rather informal groups. The conflictual dynamics that unfold suggest several issues of knowledge, power and control in relating to local organizations.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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