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Analysis of community empowerment on projects sustainability: moderating role of sense of community

Ahmad, M.S. and Abu Talib, N.B. (2016) Analysis of community empowerment on projects sustainability: moderating role of sense of community. Social Indicators Research, 129 (3). pp. 1039-1056. ISSN 0303-8300

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Abstract

Community led local development and community driven development played a mandatory role in rural development of both developed and under developed countries. The paper explores the relationship between community empowerment, sense of community and sustainability of community-driven projects. Looking at the record of social well at gross root level, very less attention was paid on development of deprived communities. Starting from the experience of community-driven organizations (i.e. the Citizen Community Boards in Pakistan), the paper attempts to answer two questions: (1) is there a relationship between community empowerment and project sustainability; and (2) is this relationship between community empowerment and project sustainability mitigated by the sense of community? Further, the paper elaborates on the concepts of “community empowerment”, “sustainability” and “sense of community”. A hierarchical regression analysis is used to test the relationship between community empowerment and sustainability of community-driven projects. This analysis highlights the central role of the sense of community in mitigating the relationship between community empowerment and sustainability. Community empowerment is significantly related to the sense of community. These relationships between sense of community, community empowerment and sustainability of community-driven projects are applicable to empowerment theory and measurement.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:community development, empowerment, regression analysis, rural development, social indicator, sustainability, theoretical study, Pakistan
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions:Management
ID Code:71837
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:26 Nov 2017 11:37
Last Modified:26 Nov 2017 11:37

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