Citizen strategizing amid a solidarity economy in Cameroon: are village development associations (VDAs) resilient?
Che, C. 2013. Citizen strategizing amid a solidarity economy in Cameroon: are village development associations (VDAs) resilient? GENEVA UNRISD.
Mobilising scarce indigenous resources for provisioning of essential services is problematic. Bereft of critical infrastructure, rekindled community cohesion and heightened cultural identity are deployed by VDAs to fill gaps. Social capital and ecological theory provide framework for an existentialist and essentialist approach. Drawing on empirical data, this paper unpacks solidarity, gender, and locality discourse, evidenced through Ndong Awing Cultural and Development Association (NACDA). VDAs are deeply entrenched in slogans such as: ‘our destiny is ours’ ‘unity is strength’ with projects financed largely through citizen donations. Solidarity agenda is fired up through midterm meetings, annual cultural events, assemblage of citizens nationwide and Diaspora for stock taking and supplementary contributions towards earmarked projects.
|Place of publication||GENEVA|
|Online||08 May 2013|
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|Deposited||11 Oct 2016|
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