Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p. 807-826
Paper explores questions about physical image construction in six Australian estates undergoing regeneration. Whilst improved housing amenity and image of the areas are crucial components of estate regeneration, it is argued that these aspects will not automatically benefit existing disadvantaged residents. Three questions are raised:
Community Development Journal, vol. 36, 2001, p. 303-311
The Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) was launched in 1996 to provide funding for projects designed to develop the social infrastructure of deprived rural communities. There is competition for funds, and this introduces the danger that communities lacking effective leaders may lose out in the bidding process. In its present form MASAF widens the imbalance in the provision of health, education and social services.
Development and Change, vol. 32, 2001, p. 975-997
Article attempts to discover and analyses the strategies used by two low income communities in Guatemala City to improve their physical and social environment. Key strategies for development were found to be mobilisation through community organisation, informal links (including clientelistic relations) with powerful groups, and protest. Author concludes that social capital and some degree of security of land tenure are critical ingredients for communities to develop effective development strategies.