It's nice to hear of others doing SNA research in South America. I am
doing a project in Buenos Aires on the Global Barter Market using a
network perspective. Even though my research setting is urban, I have
run across a few sources that might help you. I suggest you look at the
Social Capital Initiative papers on the IRIS home page. The initiative
is sponsored by the World Bank. Some of the papers have useful
observations on methodological adjustments for research in rural
settings (in developing nations). The WB Social Capital site may also be
useful since much of the research is done in rural areas.
Anirudh Krishna and Uphoff, Norman. 1999. "Mapping and Measuring Social
Capital: A Conceptual and Empirical Study of Collective Action for
Conserving and Developing Watersheds in Rajaasthan, India" Social
Capital Initiative Working Paper 13. The World Bank: Washington DC.
Here is the link:
Department of Sociology
+54.11.4964.2145 (Buenos Aires)
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>Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 12:07:55 -0300
>From: "Elsie Butterworth" <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: "Elsie Butterworth" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: RV: informal networks in farming communities - SNA
>I am a freelance consultant doing a short term researh work about
"identifying informal networks in farming communities" for HELVETAS
(Swiss Development Agency) in Paraguay - South America. HELVETAS is
addressing social development in rural areas, and specifically what is
referred to information, communication and technology. They are now
interested in exploring the feasibility of implementing the initiative
of identifying existing informal networks and understanding how they
communicate, market their products and obtain micro credit in order to
intervene it the best possible way for positive outcomes. This
identification is thought to be done through Social Network
Analysis-SNA, however, a methodology to collect data that will be
described and mapped must be designed first.
>Therefore, I´m seeking for information related to informal networks in
farming communities within developing countries implemented by
development agencies. I´m seeking to determine a methodology that will
help me identify existing informal networks, this may include a survey
or questionnaire in order to collect data and furthermore, study and
analyse the actual situation through SNA in order to find a way to
intervene. Moreover, I was wondering if by any chance any of you have
came across some specific information (publication, case study, essays,
etc) related to what I´m focussing ...
>Thanking in advance for your attention and hoping to hear from you
soon, I remain.
>Elsie - FYSIS KRATOS S.R.L.
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