The Climb to Chaguite

“Very few communities have organized capacity for collective action,” but what makes this concept vital in marginalized communities is their lack of access to the most basic tangible resources. In many instances, collective capacity resulting in community action is crucial because it is one of the few resources a community does not have to depend on an outside source for (Aday, forthcoming).

This research seeks to understand the effect of social infrastructure on the effectiveness of tangible resource allocation by outside sources. This project has been working with Chaguite for several years, but this year was the first in which it will be bringing a tangible resource to the community. In the past, the focus of the work has been to increase community level communication, because from our point of view, “there was no identified, shared, and recognized “social problem” that could be the focus of collective action” when the project first started (Aday, forthcoming).

This resource allocation is especially important to this research measuring social infrastructure because when DTRA was first created, it was utilized to measure re-organization of communities in the aftermath of natural disasters, where in this instance its purpose is to measure the development of organization where there wasn’t very much to start. This means that collecting the data from this resource distribution and compiling it from the years at the beginning of the project will present the ability to measure social infrastructure increases, but also to see their affect on project implementation effectiveness. Watching this project implementation was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had but I am extremely interested to watch the results over the coming years and further understand DTRA and its uses in relation to Chaguite.

   Aday, D. P., “Tracing change:  Community (collective) capacity in Chaguite, El Cuje, Nicaragua at ‘Time 1’.”