International Interventions For Build Social Capital : Evidence From A Field Experiment

1317 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
The article International Interventions to Build Social Capital: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Sudan, written by Alexandra Avdeenko and Michael Gilligan, analyse community driven development (CDD) programs conducted in the post-civil war Sudanese communities. This analysis provides an interesting and relevant analysis of the effects of CDD programs, and more broadly, the effects of developmental aid in areas that have been devastated by civil war. It is important for this type of research to be conducted so that the international community can better apply aid in a meaningful way. In this article, Avdeenko and Gilligan propose the hypothesis that CDD programs encourage and increase social capital, also referred to as prosocial norms, and civic participation in local governance (2015: 427). They believe that the CDD programs will have a positive effect on both social capital and political participation because it aids the expansion of social networks, thus fostering the growth of a cohesive community (Avdeenko, Gilligan 2015: 430). They speculate this because the CDD programs create a space for community members to interact with a larger scope of people then what naturally might occur. Moreover, the CDD programs “increase [citizens] participation in local governance by establishing village development committees… [for] local public infrastructure projects” thus allowing them to directly interact with local governance (Avdeenko, Gilligan 2015:429). However, in the…

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