Social capital and social development

Nieman A. (2006)


The article examines social capital in terms of its relevance for the fields of social work and social welfare. The different forms, levels and benefits for individuals and communities are discussed. This is done to establish whether and how social capital could be harnessed for the purpose of enhancing social development efforts. The rationale for social development and identifying certain elements considered as good practice criteria for success, as part of community development programmes, are highlighted. These elements, namely participation, groups and training, potentially already contain "bundles" of social capital. Applying them could provide fertile ground for the development and cultivation of social capital, thus contributing to the success and sustainability of such programmes.

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