RED Working Paper 29
Group Norms and the BRAC Village Organization Ė Enhancing Social Capital Baseline
April 29, 2012

Nayma Qayum, Mrinmoy Samadder, Rehnuma Rahman


BRACís developmental approach is centered on its village organizations (VO). In order to upgrade VO integrity and norms, BRACís Social Development (SD)Programme (currently renewed as Community Empowerment Programme or CEP) introduced the Enhancing Social Capital (ESC) project in 2010. This study used social capital as an organizing framework to capture VO membersí group behaviour, and their current status along programme activities. The study compared the status of intervention VOs with comparison VOs. Data were derived from 728 VO meeting observations and 2445 semi-structured interviews of VO members. Geographical and infrastructural factors explained some differences among intervention and control groups. VO presidents performed better than the general VO/members (GM). VO group solidarity, individual trust, the VOís client-friendliness, and years of education influenced the extent to which VO members adhered to good VO group norms.


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