Rural development: the provision of basic infrastructure services

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- other
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): D.Hemson, M.Meyer, K.Maphunye
KEYWORDS: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE, INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, POVERTY ALLEVIATION, RURAL COMMUNITIES, SERVICE DELIVERY
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Abstract

The report concludes that there is a need for more funding to be provided for rural development, and that this can be absorbed by rural local government if two procedures are followed - a combination of physical and institutional infrastructure, of the economic with the social there has to be a sharp focus on capacity building in rural communities; and a close association between rural development and poverty alleviation which has to include an extension of social development services to rural communities. Finally it is argued that rural development is closely associated with the empowerment of rural communities which has to include the encouragement of civil society, public participation in decision-making, and a democratic culture.