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Opening Participatory Spaces for the Most Marginal: Learning from Collective Action in the Honduran Hillsides

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  • Classen, Lauren
  • Humphries, Sally
  • FitzSimons, John
  • Kaaria, Susan
  • Jiménez, José
  • Sierra, Fredy
  • Gallardo, Omar

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Summary Community-driven development faces considerable criticism for excluding the poor. A series of participatory, qualitative, and quantitative assessments of a participatory agricultural initiative in rural Honduras shows that the project, once susceptible to elite capture, over time shifted to include the "most marginal." Participating farmers--both men and women--demonstrated significant improvements in well-being and new-found capabilities relative to non-participants. Opening a space for the most marginal was achieved through long-term commitment by a local NGO to the principle of inclusiveness, and to research and capability development beyond the guiding methodology for establishing local agricultural research committees (CIALs).

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  • Classen, Lauren & Humphries, Sally & FitzSimons, John & Kaaria, Susan & Jiménez, José & Sierra, Fredy & Gallardo, Omar, 2008. "Opening Participatory Spaces for the Most Marginal: Learning from Collective Action in the Honduran Hillsides," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2402-2420, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:36:y:2008:i:11:p:2402-2420
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