Topic 5:Social Capital and Development: Role of the civil society and networks

Coordonned by the Dr Kalilou SYLLA

Background and Issues involved

 Social capital presents a multidisciplinary framework for the study of development related issues.  The definition of this notion has been a subject of strong controversy since it was used for the first time in 1916.  The various definitions of social capital emphasised on norms, reciprocity and confidence which makes the society effective.

Despite the fact that social capital is widely used in literature, no adequate definition has been given to cover all the various aspects of this notion.

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