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Strengthening social capital for adaptive governance of natural resources: a participatory learning and action research for bylaws reforms in Uganda

Strengthening social capital for adaptive governance of natural resources: a participatory learning and action research for bylaws reforms in Uganda

Sanginga, Pascal C., Kamugisha, Rick N. and Martin, Adrienne M. ORCID: 0000-0001-9305-7302 (2010) Strengthening social capital for adaptive governance of natural resources: a participatory learning and action research for bylaws reforms in Uganda. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 23 (8). pp. 695-710. ISSN 0894-1920 (Print), 1521-0723 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920802653513)

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Abstract

This article reflects on experiences of a 5-year participatory policy learning and action research (PLAR) project that aimed at strengthening local-level capacities to develop and formalize bylaws for effective natural resources management (NRM) and governance. The PLAR involved a top-bottom-up iterative process of social learning and experience sharing, policy dialogue and negotiation, and adaptive management that resulted in the formulation and formalization of a set of bylaws regulating soil erosion control, tree planting, animal grazing, bush burning, and wetland management. This article describes the participatory bylaw reform process and analyzes the mechanisms for bylaw formalization and enforcement. This experience suggests that with appropriate catalyzing, rural communities have capacities to develop their institutions, skills, and networks for participatory NRM governance. A companion article (this issue) discusses the results of a postproject tracking study on the outcomes and the conditions for sustainability and uptake potential of community bylaws reforms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bylaws, decentralization, gender, governance, NRM, participatory action research, policy process, social capital, Uganda, participatory policy learning and action research (PLAR), natural resources management (NRM), participatory bylaw reform process
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7670

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