Knowledge, Social Capital, and Grassroots Development: Insights from Rural Bangladesh

Sarah Cummings*, Anastasia A. Seferiadis, Jeroen Maas, Joske F.G. Bunders, Marjolein B.M. Zweekhorst

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This article examines the relationship between social capital and the creation and exchange of knowledge for grassroots development. It applies a framework that originated in developed countries to the experimental phase of a successful entrepreneurial development programme, undertaken between 2006 and 2012 in rural Bangladesh. Although generally applicable, the framework’s structural dimensions are further developed and divided into three functional subtypes of social capital (bonding, bridging and linking) following distinct pathways in their contribution to the creation and exchange of knowledge, demonstrating domains where programme participants co-created know-how. In conclusion, a framework representing the links between social capital and knowledge is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-176
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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