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Title:The Malawi Social Action Fund and community development
Author:Kishindo, PaulISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Volume:36
Issue:4
Pages:303-311
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:institutions
social conditions
social inequality
community development
Link:http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/36/4/303
Abstract:In Malawi, community development is understood in terms of creating social infrastructure. The government sees its role essentially as that of partner. It contributes those resources that are in short supply in rural communities, namely, technical expertise and finance. The involvement of communities in the form of their labour and cash contributions reduces the cost to government of constructing social infrastructure. The demand-driven approach introduced under Masaf (Malawi Social Action Fund), established in 1996 to provide assistance for community projects, introduces the element of competition in community development, particularly in accessing funds. Communities with leadership able to initiate development ideas, and gain acceptance by the relevant development committees, are likely to prosper over those which lack such leadership. Yet communities which lack such leadership may be the very communities in greatest need of social infrastructure such as schools and health units. In its present form the Masaf approach widens the imbalances in the availability of social services. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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