Re-inventing community development: utilizing relational networking and cultural assets for infrastructure provision
Che, C. 2018. Re-inventing community development: utilizing relational networking and cultural assets for infrastructure provision. Societies. 8 (3), p. 84. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030084
Utilizing relational networking and cultural assets provide an arena for village development associations (VDAs) to fill the gaps in infrastructure in resource-limited communities of Cameroon’s north-west region.
This case study interrogates the foundational thesis of relational networking and cultural assets deployed to deal with social development challenges. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with community participants. Purposive sampling was used, and data were analyzed and critically synthesized with comparative literature. Communities increasingly shoulder their own development through a multiplicity of the agency displayed by internal and external stakeholders.
The analysis captures a typology of incremental cultural assets, galvanized and re-engineered, promoting a rejuvenated community. A multi-layered approach centered on intersecting elements with unvarying input from community members are perceptible. Though the translational benefits are not clear-cut, relational networking and incremental cultural assets hold the prospect for community transformation in infrastructure provision, for example, supply of fresh water, equipping schools, community halls, and building roads, bridges, and community halls. In the process, social inequality and other barriers of disadvantage are narrowed.
|Journal citation||8 (3), p. 84|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030084|
|Online||12 Sep 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||13 Sep 2018|
|Accepted||07 Sep 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
This is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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