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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-13
Comparative Study on the Organizational Capabilities of Asian Rural Societies


The importance of organizing local people for development work has been widely recognized, and various so-called participatory rural development projects have been implemented. However, such projects often malfunction after the outside agencies retreat from the project site; this suggests that “making organizations” is not the same as “making a system of making organizations”. The latter is essential to make rural organizations self-reliant and sustainable. Since what needs to be created is the system for making organizations rather than the organizations themselves, we should focus on local societies in which the organizations for development purposes are formed. This study project aims to identify the mechanisms of local societies that lead local people to organize themselves and, at the same time, the methodology to identify such mechanisms for promoting locally-driven rural development.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SHIGETOMI Shinichi
[ Co-researchers ] OKAMOTO Ikuko
IWAI Misaki (Kanda University of International Studies)
HAYAMA Atsuko (Kurume University)
SHIMAGAMI Motoko (Kyoto University)
SATO Keiko (Researcher on Indian rural society)