Exploring the Contribution of Ego Social Networks for Community Development: The case study in Tullo Kebele of Hawassa Area, SNNPR

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This study explores the contribution of ego social networks for community development in Tullo kebele of Hawassa Area SNNPR. The study has employed qualitative method and multiple case study approach. Data were collected through semi structured interview questions from five egos and four alters selected purposively based on the inclusion criteria in Tullo kebele. Participatory mapping by hands were used to draw the social network diagrams of egos and transcribed data were subjected to cross case analysis. Social roles and statuses are major reasons for social network selections of ego social networks. Clan, kinship and social role are identified forms of ego social networks. Village messengers and physical contacts are preferable means of communications for social networks. ‘Wari setting’, ‘Nafaru’, ‘Ollu’, and ‘Tullo Songo’ and Friday market are settings for the contacts of ego social networks. Composition and structure of egos social networks are important social network assets of egos for community developments. ‘Syra’ or conspire is collective means of out casting individuals being out of their customary rules. ‘Songos’ settings are important for the discussions of social problems. The culture of ‘Afiny’ is important to make any social decisions acceptable in the community. Economically, social networks of egos are important to conduct ‘Shallo’ and ‘Wijo’



Ego Social Network; Alter; Social Network Compositions; Social Network Structures; Functions of Social Networks; Community Development; Tullo kebele.