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Title: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN THE LIVELIHOODS OF
Authors: BANCHAYEHU, TESSEMA ASSEFA
Advisors: Woldeab Teshome(Dr)
Keywords: Urban Development
Urban Challenges
Copyright: Jul-2011
Date Added: 10-Dec-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The study is conducted in two selected kebeles of Debre Markos Town. The study mainly assesses the role social capital can play in the livelihoods of urban households. The study is also intended to identify the available dimensions of social capital to the sample urban households and determinant factors of social capital utilization. Mixed methodology is employed in order to achieve the objectives of the study. Household Survey, Life History and Key Informant Interview are the methods applied. Purposive and Simple Random sampling techniques are used to identify samples of the study. Social capital in the study area is manifested in terms of the concentration of memberships and the networks the households have. Apart from these ‘‘structural’’ social capital dimensions, the high level of trust existing among the households and reciprocity are manifestations of social capital in the study area. The study reveals that better access to resources; social capital as coping strategy; enhancement of other livelihood assets, emotional support and social security are the main roles of social capital in the livelihoods of the sample urban households. Socioeconomic, personal, cultural and religious factors determine social capital in the study area. Maintaining the existing social capital should be pursued through encouraging and supporting the existing local institutions. This would help to preserve the existing social capital and tap its returns.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4250
Appears in:Thesis - Urban Design & Development

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