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Development cooperation: – a case study on the effects on community committees’ role and legitimacy in Kayin State, Myanmar
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A common discussion within the international development cooperation discourse is that of ownership and dependency. A discussion which has become of great significance within the context of Myanmar as more and more international and foreign development agencies and organizations have been aloud into the country during the major structural reform process Myanmar is currently undergoing. When the state, as a public service provider, is not able to supply what is needed within the villages around Myanmar these international and foreign organizations and agencies become of great importance as they have access to the necessary funds to provide these services. The support to the villages is often distributed through the most deeply rooted and inclusive forum there are within these villages, namely community committees.

This study investigates how the vertical relationship between the INGOs, their local partner NGOs and the community committees affect the role and possibly the legitimacy of the community committees.

This is done through a case study of a village that is currently provided support through its two community committees by two INGOs and their local partner NGO. To understand the role and legitimacy interviews have been conducted with the legitimizing environment of the community committees as well as with the community committees and the local NGO themselves to try to identify the affects of the aid on the perceived role and legitimacy of the community committees.

The study found that the relationship does have a significant affect on the role and legitimacy of the community committees. It seems that the relationship does, through a top-down approach, influence the community committees to monopolize the definition of development within their village. Due to this the community they are based within also considers the community committees legitimate. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Development, utveckling, cooperation, myanmar, kayin, legitimacy, ownership, community committees
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41327OAI: diva2:797935
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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