Groups as a means or an end? Social capital and the promotion of cooperation in Ghana

Porter, Gina and Lyon, Fergus ORCID logoORCID: (2006) Groups as a means or an end? Social capital and the promotion of cooperation in Ghana. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24 (2) . pp. 249-262. ISSN 1472-3433 [Article] (doi:10.1068/d0303)

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In the past two decades there has been a growing emphasis within the international development industry on promoting group activity. This paper charts how interpretation of the loose concept of social capital has shaped donor and NGO discourses on, and their preoccupation with, groups. Donors are using blueprints of group cooperation in an asocial and aspatial manner that ignores local specificities of place, space and cultural context. An empirical case is examined that demonstrates how donor discourse is reinterpreted, translated and even rejected by players at different spatial scales. The reasons for the continued donor preoccupation with groups in the face of local resistances are explored.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 18895
Notes on copyright: This is an Author Accepted Manuscript, the final published version of the article is available on SAGE Journals (
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Depositing User: Stanislava Angelova
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 11:44
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