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Title:Mobilizing for Self-Managed Production Enterprises: A Case Study of CORDE, a Local Voluntary Development Organisation in Botswana
Author:Ngwenya, Barbara NtombiISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
rural development
small-scale industry
small farms
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Economics, Commerce
CORDE (Organization: Botswana)
Case studies
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40959185
Abstract:CORDE (Cooperation for Research, Development and Education) is a local voluntary organization in Botswana, established in 1986, initially to provide support services to four production enterprises. Currently the organization consists of about 20 self-managed production groups. These enterprises are engaged in a wide range of economic activities, notably agriculture, construction, crafts and small-scale industrial activities. About 80 percent of CORDE member enterprises are rural-based and predominantly consist of women. The long-term aim of the organization is to 'strengthen the marginalized groups of people in both rural and urban areas in order to improve their social and economic bargaining power'. This paper examines the strengths and constraints of CORDE as a local grassroots development organization. One major strength of the organization lies in the fact that it has established democratic structures at all levels of the decisionmaking process. Another strength lies in the organization's flexibility, which allows it to make specific adjustments in the face of changing environmental circumstances. However, there are also various internal and organizational constraints, including a lack of organizational cohesiveness. Ann., bibliogr., sum.