How Does Social Capital Influence the Success of Development Projects? Insights from a Randomised Controlled Trial in Kenya
Lisa Jäckering1, Theda Gödecke1, Mercy Wanjiru Mbugua2, Michael Njuguna3, Meike Wollni1
1Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Germany
Social capital plays an important role for the adoption of agricultural technologies and can therefore positively influence farmers' livelihoods. One dimension of social capital refers to the way people are embedded in their networks. Common-interest groups (CIGs) are important information networks used for channeling agricultural extension programs. CIGs are chosen with the rationale of reducing transaction costs. Though, little is known about how the social capital of a CIG, as well as the social capital of individuals embedded in them, can determine projects' successes. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the flow of agriculture and nutrition information within CIGs, how initial social capital on CIG and household level changes through the introduction of a development project and how social capital influences the project's success. The results can help to improve the targeting of CIGs and individuals and increase the impact of nutrition-sensitive agricultural projects.
Keywords: Agricultural extension, common-interest groups, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, social network analysis, technology adoption
Contact Address: Lisa Jäckering, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen, Germany, e-mail: lisa.jaeckeringuni-goettingen.de