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Structure and Trade Within a Development Program Delivery Chain: Resources, Ideas and Social Capital
by Caniglia, Dustin Thomas, M.A., Prescott College, 2011, 69; 1505281
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines a development program delivery system as if it were a commodity value chain. Within this chain, organizations are linked by a series of contracts and sub-contracts through which resources and ideas are traded downward, to program beneficiaries, in exchange for social capital and ideas, which are traded upward to program donors. Resources, ideas and social capital therefore represent forms of capital, or currency, within a micro-economy that exists between development program donors, beneficiaries, and the many organizations that link them together. This research centers on the interactions of delivery chain organizations within a Food For Peace funded food security program in Bangladesh. The series of transactions that exist up and down the chain are shown to greatly influence the specific types of resources, ideas and social capital accessed by delivery chain organizations. Additionally, these specific types of resources, ideas and social capital impact development program design, organizational interactions and organizational learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Finan, Timothy
Commitee: Frankenberger, Timothy, Rushbrook, Dereka
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economic theory, Sociology, Organization Theory
Keywords: Aid delivery chain, Foreign aid, International development, Monitoring and evaluation, NGO funding and reporting, Social capital
Publication Number: 1505281
ISBN: 978-1-267-12469-2
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