Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the impact of the Millennium Village Promise on community networks: The case of Sauri Millennium Village in western Kenya
by Jivetti, Billystrom Aronya, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2012, 241; 3537866
Abstract (Summary)

For several decades, international development experts have been involved in attempts to help rural communities in Africa attain the economic development. The Millennium Village Promise is the recent strategy, which is designed as a bottom-up approach for empowering the rural communities. Studies are needed that will yield an understanding of the impact of these kinds donor intervention programs on local social capital. The aim of this study was focused on how relationships between exogenous and internal organizations in Sauri communities impacted community networks and how interventions would be sustained. A mixed methodology involving qualitative interviews with key informants and a more quantitative survey for community networks was used to collect data. The major findings indicated that the MVP had introduced new structures, reinforced collective action through development groups, and empowered the residents through agricultural and health development interventions. However, the absence of a clear exit strategy puts the sustainability of the programs into question. This presents the policy makers with valuable lessons about the ramifications of time-bound development approaches on local communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jeanetta, Stephen, Gilles, Jere
Commitee: Folk, William, Grigsby, Mary, Obrien, David
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Rural Sociology
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 74/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Area Planning and Development, International Relations, Social structure
Keywords: Community agriculture, Community networks, Kenya, Millennium Village Promise, Sauri Millennium Village
Publication Number: 3537866
ISBN: 978-1-267-99390-8
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