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Fall 12-1-2014

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Nepal: Development and Social Change


This research addresses the impact of community-based and government organizations on rural livelihoods in protected areas (PAs) by investigating whether benefits of such organizations involved in conservation and community development reach more marginalized members of communities in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) of Nepal. I conduct a case study focusing on two villages within ACA, Kagbeni and Phalyek, examining how local groups interact with each other and with the government in trying to promote equity through the ACA Project primarily through indepth, unstructured interviews. Locally-created and locally-based groups in these communities appear to be successful in managing local resources and creating a support network for community members, filling in the role of more formal government institutions.


Asian Studies | Environmental Sciences | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Organizational Communication | Social Influence and Political Communication


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