Facilitators and obstacles to cooperation in international development networks: a network approach

SOURCE: Development in Practice
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Petersen
KEYWORDS: GLOBALISATION, INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, POLICY FORMULATION, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9207

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Abstract

This paper draws attention to the value of a network approach for understanding cooperation in international development networks. The approach emphasises the impact of social interaction, and the values, ideas, and behaviours of individuals on the achievement of development goals. Social network analysis is used to analyse the social structure and dynamics of interaction in an aid-funded development network organisation that aimed to develop optometry capacity in Mozambique. The analysis shows the value of combining quantitative and qualitative methods in a complementary way to identify factors facilitating (network consciousness and social skill) and hindering (power dynamics) cooperation.