Producing social capital as a development strategy: implications for the micro-level

A.A. Seferiadis, S.J.R. Cummings, M.B.M. Zweekhorst, J.G.F. Bunders-Aelen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-185
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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