Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital: Lessons from Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Somalia

Citation:

Colletta, Nat J., and Michelle L. Cullen. 2000. Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital: Lessons from Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Somalia. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Authors: Nat J. Colletta, Michelle L. Cullen

Abstract:

Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital is an attempt to better understand the interactions between armed conflict and social capital. The World Bank's Post-Conflict Unit (PCU) undertook an investigation of four conflict-effected countries and their changing social capital dynamics. The initial phase examined Cambodia and Rwanda as case studies and the second phase studied social capital transformations and conflict in Guatemala and Somalia. Based on the four-country project, this book discusses: changes in social capital due to conditions of conflict; the interaction between social capital and conflict; and methods for civil society, government, and international actors to nurture social capital for conflict prevention rehabilitation and reconciliation measures. The types of conflict experienced, definitions and indicators of social capital, and study conclusions are compared. In the final section, recommendations for social policy and practices emerging from these studies are presented. Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital is an invaluable resource for policy and operational specialists working in conflict-effected countries. (Amazon)

Keywords: conflict, reconstruction, social capital, civil society, conflict prevention, affirmative action

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Society, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Americas, Central America, South America, Asia, Southeast Asia Countries: Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Somalia

Year: 2000

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