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Producing social capital as a development strategy: Implications at the micro-level

Anastasia A. Seferiadis, Sarah Cummings, Marjolein B.M. Zweekhorst, and Joske F.G. Bunders
Progress in Development Studies 15, 2 (2015) pp. 170–185

This article considers how social capital can contribute to poverty alleviation at the
micro-level, based on an analysis of the documentary evidence provided by theoretical perspectives
and empirical studies. Across countries and contexts, micro-credit, agricultural production and marketing, environmental protection and knowledge networking are linked to productive social capital. Four mechanisms to strengthen social capital are identified: structural opportunity to meet, ‘know-how’ of social interaction, sense of belonging and an ethos of mutuality. We envision that opportunities within the development practice exist to foster such mechanisms, and recommend in-depth studies to enhance our understanding of social capital production mechanisms.

URL – http://pdj.sagepub.com/content/15/2/170.full.pdf+html
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