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Bridge the Gap! : Modes of Action and Cooperation of Transnational Networks of Local Communities and

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Drawing on her PhD thesis, Ginzel reveals the relevance of networks for the acquisition of knowledge and the provision of resources in the context of the ongoing debate questioning established development strategies as well as political and administrative structures in the countries of the Global South--a debate that is closely related to the discussion about the alignment and sense of funding programs as well as development strategies of governments and organizations in the course of international developmental cooperation. As an architect in Tanzania she learned to consider the power of local communities and the relevance of their local knowledge and self-reliance in connection with self-help processes, while, in contrast, she found that insights from ongoing projects of international development organizations revealed the inadequacy of many external solutions and the lack of eye-level dialogue between governmental actors and development experts on the one hand and local people on the other. Ultimately, the conclusion that reared its head is that measures targeted at improving urban development and combating poverty in the last few decades have failed to prevent both the further growth of unplanned, marginalized urban areas and the persistence of urban poverty. She finds that top-down and bottom-up grassroots organizations (GROs’) processes need to be connected if the targeted-ness of top-down strategies and the scope of action of self-help activities are to be increased. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Number of Pages: 332
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Sociology / Urban, Third World Development
Series Title: Habitat - International: Schriften Zur Internationalen Stadtentwicklung
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Beate Ginzel
Language: English
Street Date: December 31, 2015
TCIN: 51171555
UPC: 9783643905338
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-1444

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