LOCATING THE COMMUNITY: ADMINISTRATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN MOZAMBIQUE
Working paper, no. 32. Mozambique series
February 2000, 13 pages; Adobe Acrobat pdf 108K bytes
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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
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