Working paper, no. 32. Mozambique series
February 2000, 13 pages; Adobe Acrobat pdf 108K bytes

Retrieve FULL TEXT in Adobe Acrobat format

To save document directly to your computer for later viewing or printing, hold down the <shift> key while you click on the above link.
Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to read and print this document. If you do not have Acrobat Reader already, you can download free software now. Get Acrobat

ABSTRACT: This paper does not presume to offer definitive answers to complex questions raised around the new emphasis on "local communities" in Mozambique. Such answers vary and depend upon the sociopolitical histories of each community. Instead, the paper briefly explores the concept of local community in the lexicon of Mozambican law as well as NGO and donor discourse.

This paper argues that a simplified representation of local communities as harmonious and homogeneous units served a useful purpose in the era of postwar reconciliation and reconstruction. Now that local communities have begun a process of empowerment, however, these idealized representations must be broadened to more accurately define and address the issues of community territoriality and community representation. This must be done in such a way so as not to promote political polarization nor exacerbate social inequalities predicated on gender, lineage or other biological characteristics.

Keywords: Natural resources -- Government policy -- Mozambique; Natural resources -- Mozambique -- Management -- Citizen participation; Forest management -- Mozambique -- Citizen participation; Decentralization in government -- Mozambique

Full text document posted courtesy of AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural Economics http://agecon.lib.umn.edu.

Go to the LTC Publications page

Return to In Memoriam page | Go to the LTC home page

Last modified 6 December 2006.

Please send questions or comments regarding
this web page to Kurt Brown.

There is also additional information on the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships and
Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Fund -- both established in his honor -- available on the Global Studies servers.