Helping from Afar

Roger D. Stone

in Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217997
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936072 | DOI:
Helping from Afar

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This chapter discusses various ways in which the donor countries and agencies can help the developing world in conserving their forest resources and increase community participation in it. The mood within the international aid agencies in the 1990s, particularly the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Department for International Development of Great Britain, sharply swung toward sensitive and participatory approaches in their aid programs. To ensure the success of their aid programs, donor agencies should be more responsive to the just demands of local civil-society groups and progressive government agencies. Donors should also help in extending microcredit facilities to individuals, small user groups, and local communities whose subsistence depends on harvesting forest resources and selling or trading them. They can also help in the formulation of national-level research and policy advocacy efforts for sustainable community-based forest management and in the formation of community land trusts.

Keywords: donor agencies; international aid agencies; community participation; civil-society groups; microcredit facilities; community land trusts; sustainable forest management

Chapter.  8954 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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