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.
Seferiadis, A. A., Cummings, S. J. R., Zweekhorst, M. B. M., & Bunders-Aelen, J. G. F. (2015). Producing social capital as a development strategy: implications for the micro-level. Progress in Development Studies, 15(2), 170-185. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464993414565530, https://doi.org/10.1177/1464993414565530