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Local Institutions and Participation for Sustainable Development

Norman Uphoff

Report/paper, 16 pages

Sustainable development involves many things. More appropriate technologies, supportive policies, different ethics, and changes in individual behaviour are among the more obvious factors. One contributing factor that deserves more attention is local institutions and their concomitant, local participation. However, it must be recognised that local institutions can produce practices that do not favour sustainability. If factionalism prevails, some groups may use them to exploit local resources to their short-run advantage and others' loss. Institutions that regulate resource use may break down and limits of regeneration may be exceeded when people do not understand these limits or feel they have no alternative.

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