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The Mexican Citizens' Movement for Democracy emerged in 1992 as a response to widespread political fraud and state authoritarianism. Its main aim was to support grass-roots and broad-based citizen initiatives to strengthen the democratic process and achieve public and political respect for human...
This article explores how project management can be understood as the management of social interventions which aim to bring about social transformation. This ‘management for change’ approach is underpinned by a process through which collective learning throughout all stages of the...
This article charts the development of social organization in Bolivia and considers some key factors that brought indigenous and poor people and their organizations from marginalization into the corridors of power. The author identifies indigenous collective practices, participation in the...
The Latin American experience of popular education is rightly renowned for its approach towards the educational dimension of participatory community development. Acknowledging the difficulties in making sweeping generalizations, this article examines theory and practice in Latin American popular...
This article argues that the concrete practice of autonomy by social movements is deeply embedded in socioeconomic and political contexts, and as such involves a contested relationship in and against the state, the market and hegemonic discourses on development. The task is then to explain and...
This article identifies the shortcomings of the dominant approach to education around the globe today, which does not lead to equitable development. Latin American thinkers point to an alternative perspective based on solidarity, inclusion and humanity. Such a perspective puts social change at...
This article is based on the experience of community development during the Pinochet military dictatorship in Chile from 1973 to 1990. Starting with a historical analysis of social and community development before the military coup, the article outlines the basic methodological approach of...
This article examines the role of the Manzaneras women's community network in Aranda, a poor neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, where levels of violence and organized crime are high. The analysis explores the impact of the hidden forms of domination and unvoiced fears of violence which limit the...
This paper is based on recent research conducted in Brazil on young people's understanding and practices of public action. The research examines some of the initiatives in which young people today participate: community organizations, cultural groups and social movements, and asks what this...
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