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Title:A quest for self-glory or self-reliance: upgrading the benefits of community development programmes
Author:Ukpong, Ebebe A.
Year:1990
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:73-85
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
world
Subjects:community development
sociology
Self reliance
Link:http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/social%20development/vol5no2/jsda005002010.pdf
Abstract:Using available field data, mainly from Nigeria, the author argues that self-reliance and community development, as a theory and a strategy of sustainable development, are congruent concepts. When political opportunism sets in, discontinuity occurs in this relationship, which frustrates the anticipated benefits of development for the rural people while promoting the personal gains of project leaders and the cheap popularity of the government. Development experts have a duty to halt this trend. In order to improve and sustain the benefits of community development for rural people, several policy recommendations are suggested, including the need to set sectoral priorities, consider the end use of government subventions, enhance popular participation, exclude political opportunism and expand the knowledge base to include both villagers and politicians. Bibliogr., note.
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