Re-inventing community development: utilizing relational networking and cultural assets for infrastructure provision

Fonchingong Che, C. (2018) Re-inventing community development: utilizing relational networking and cultural assets for infrastructure provision. Societies, 8 (3). p. 84. ISSN 2075-4698.

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Utilizing relational networking and cultural assets provide an arena for village development associations (VDAs) to fill the gaps in infrastructure in resource-limited communities of Cameroon’s north-west region.

This case study interrogates the foundational thesis of relational networking and cultural assets deployed to deal with social development challenges. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with community participants. Purposive sampling was used, and data were analyzed and critically synthesized with comparative literature. Communities increasingly shoulder their own development through a multiplicity of the agency displayed by internal and external stakeholders.

The analysis captures a typology of incremental cultural assets, galvanized and re-engineered, promoting a rejuvenated community. A multi-layered approach centered on intersecting elements with unvarying input from community members are perceptible. Though the translational benefits are not clear-cut, relational networking and incremental cultural assets hold the prospect for community transformation in infrastructure provision, for example, supply of fresh water, equipping schools, community halls, and building roads, bridges, and community halls. In the process, social inequality and other barriers of disadvantage are narrowed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Dr Charles Fonchingong Che
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 09:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 18:45

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