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Village Elites and Community Development in Kenya

Show simple item record George M Onyango, Lillian A Omondi 2020-11-24T11:48:02Z 2020-11-24T11:48:02Z 2014-06-30
dc.description.abstract This paper looks at the role of village elites in a rapidly changing rural landscape. The process of development in Kenya has seen the rise of a dichotomous community in which salaried employees spend their working life in the urban areas and on retirement move to the rural areas. There are also a large number of civil servants, teachers and religious leaders employed and based in the rural areas. These two sets of people have significant control of how development interventions operate in the rural communities. The result is that often their aspiration may not represent the bulk of the community. To achieve the broad goals of Kenya Vision 2030, there is an urgent need to effectively utilize the resources like manpower, skilled and unskilled, available in the country. These village elites form a critical element of skilled labor in rural development. The paper aims at assessing the roles of the different categories of elites in the rural communities, examining their capacity to influence the development agenda and the impact of this role in effectiveness of development interventions. The paper highlights challenges that development agencies need to address with regards to village elites community as they endeavor to maximize the contribution of these elites to effectively enhance rural development. en_US
dc.publisher Maseno University en_US
dc.subject Village Elites, Social Capital, Community Development en_US
dc.title Village Elites and Community Development in Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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