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Power of the people: A study of the community involvement in the TFCA process in Swaziland
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in southern Africa are often connected with forced resettlement, marginalization and exclusion from the decision-making process of the local community. Therefore this study investigates the level and kind of community involvement in the TFCA process in Swaziland by performing nine semi-structured interviews in five different communities. The results show that the TFCA process in Swaziland is not quite like the situation described in the rest of southern Africa. They demonstrate that although the community projects in Swaziland’s TFCAs might not be completely gender sensitive and still have to develop in terms of their sustainability, they are on the right track. Most communities are autonomous regarding the governance of their development, either through community boards or traditional structures. Additionally, it is obvious that there are a lot of ideas on and possibilities for development in the communities that need to be encouraged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
Swaziland, TFCA, community involvement, sustainable development, gender
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21726OAI: diva2:639717
Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-09 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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