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Community Capacity and Resilience in Latin America addresses the role of communities in building their capacity to increase resiliency and carry out rural development strategies in Latin America. Resiliency in a community sense is associated with an ability to address stress and respond to shock while obtaining participatory engagement in community assessment, planning and outcome. Although the political contexts for community development have changed dramatically in a number of Latin American countries in recent years, there are growing opportunities and examples of communities working together to address common problems and improve collective quality of life.
This book links scholarship that highlights community development praxis using new frameworks to understand the potential for community capacity and resiliency. By rejecting old linear models of development, based on technology transfer and diffusion of technology, many communities in Latin America have built capacity of their capital assets to become more resilient and adapt positively to change. This book is an essential resource for academics and practitioners of rural development, demonstrating that there is much we can learn from the skills of self-diagnosis and building on existing assets to enhance community capitals.
"Community Capacity and Resilience in Latin America speaks to the power of local communities as agents of change. From local farmers, to university students, to indigenous leaders, to youth, this book describes how communities can collectively build from their own cultural, natural, social and political capital to create a better world. While financial capital runs rampant over the world, this book tells another story - of how communities across Latin America use their own community capitals to create a different alternative. Bio-cultural and sustainable approaches, grounded in indigenous knowledge and inclusion of women and youth, show how to address agricultural, energy, economic and employment challenges in rural communities."
—Mildred E. Warner, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
"This is an excellent volume using the Community Capitals Framework to address critical socioeconomic, cultural, and ecological issues. Presenting a diverse array of authors, the book contributes to theory and fine-grained case studies at multiple scales from communities to international institutions. It covers important topics such as climate change and adaptation, resilience and quality of life, gender equity and social inclusion, the role of churches and faith-rooted organizations in community change initiatives, and rural livelihoods and food security. The book will be useful to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars, and students alike, including the very experienced and those just learning about Latin America and some of the topics presented here."
—Maria Elisa Christie, Director, Women and Gender in International Development, Center for International Research, Education and Development, Virginia Tech
"Agricultural and rural communities across the world face many challenges, not least to produce food sustainably, mitigate against climate change, and ensure there are fair markets for their produce. This timely, wise and scholarly book highlights the values of social capital in community development and shows how resilience emerges from processes of engagement and progressive transformation."
—Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment & Society, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex
"Latin America is a large and diverse area that is home to 630 million people. It is an area of tremendous opportunity, yet significant challenges. This book is an excellent resource to help communities throughout the region overcome obstacles and bring prosperity to more communities and individuals."
—Don Albrecht, Executive Director, Western Rural Development Center
Chapter 1. Community Capacity and Resilience in Latin America through the Community Capitals Lens
Paul Lachapelle, Isabel Gutierrez-Montes and Cornelia Butler Flora
Chapter 2. Promoting Development and Conservation Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean through CATIE Masters Program
Isabel Gutierrez-Montes, Alejandro C. Imbach, and Felicia Ramirez
Chapter 3. Building Local strategies for the adaptation to Climate Change of Farming Livelihoods: Review of a Participatory Approach Applied in Mesoamerica.
Claudia Bouroncle, Alejandro C. Imbach, Andrea Zamora, Omaira Urueña, and Alejandra Boni Aristizabal
Chapter 4. Bioculturality and Transdisciplinarity: Two Paths for Reaching Sustainability Through Community Capacity Building in Mexico
Enrique Hipolito Romero and José María Ramos Prado
Chapter 5. Bonds of Faith for Community Change: New Actors in Rural Community Development in El Salvador
Chapter 6. Evaluation on a Shoestring: One International Development Organization’s Experience Measuring Impact in Central America
Charlie French and Ricardo Romero-Perezgrovas
Chapter 7. Using Community Capitals to Adapt to Environmental Challenges in Rural Uruguay
Chapter 8. Using the Community Capitals Framework to Understand the Potential for Inclusive Innovation: Three Case Studies of an Energy Project in Peru
Ursula Harman, Helen Ross and Jim Cavaye
Chapter 9. Youth Development in Northern Nicaragua: An Empowerment Perspective
Amy E. Boren Alpízar and Carla Andrea Millares Forno
Chapter 10. Reflection on Building Sustainable Resilience Solutions to Achieve SDG 2 in Colombia
Deborah Hines and Rondro Ranaivo
This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.
To find out more about the Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society please visit: www.tandfonline.com/rcod.
For more information about the Community Development Society please visit: http://www.comm-dev.org/publications/research-a-practice-series
Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Iowa State University, USA
Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA
National University of Ireland
Northern Illinois University, USA
Patricia A. Wilson
University of Texas, Austin, USA