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- Analysis of social networks using GIS to understand the adaptability of rural communities in Botswana
- Kalala, Tshibangu ( author )
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- 1 online resource (31 pages) : illustrations ;
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- Academic communities ( jstor )
Cattle ( jstor )
Climate change ( jstor )
Community structure ( jstor )
Diseases ( jstor )
Livestock ( jstor )
Online communities ( jstor )
Social network analysis ( jstor )
Social networking ( jstor )
Villages ( jstor )
Sustainable Development Practice field practicum report M.D.P
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- This project represents my culminating work as a Master's student obtaining a degree in Sustainable development practice (MSDP). During my summer fieldwork in the Ngamiland district in Botswana, I spent six weeks with my colleagues, working with rural communities in Sankuyo and Sherobe. We devoted a great deal of our time as a group, working with the Sankuyo community helping to develop a management plan using a participative approach which included all stakeholders. Because I joined the group in Botswana a month late due to visa issues, I was unable to participate in this community project fully. As this project was well underway upon my arrival, I shifted my focus to working with the Sherobe community to assess their livelihood strategies in comparison with Sankuyo community. My interest and experience working with communities in developing livelihood strategies and food security led me to gather some livelihood information with geographic coordinates of the interviewed households to investigate and to better understand the relationship between the social and spatial patterns in the realm of sustainable development. Due to time constraints, I was unable to collect enough data for such research and thus, opted to utilize another data set gathered from a community within the same district of Botswana as Sankuyo and Sherobe. This study examines the spatial arrangement of social networks within the rural community of the Habu village in Botswana. The objective of this project is to understand the adaptive capacity of households in a poor, marginal rural community threatened by the vagaries of climate change. I compare the social and economic linkages among different households by investigating networks related to food sharing and financial assistance, which arise when household livelihood strategies become seriously threatened. ( ,,,, )
- Using social network analysis, I aimed to identify the informal connections within the community of Habu, to discover how different households use social ties to cope with stressors, such as livestock disease, human illness/death, and crop damage. I then incorporated social network information into the GIS to determine the spatial reference of connection between different households in the network, to identify and better understand network patterns. The social network information was obtained from the livelihood data gathered through surveys conducted by Cassidy and Barnes (Cassidy & Barnes, 2012).
- Includes bibliographical references.
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- In the University of Florida Digital Collections.
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- The MDP Program is administered jointly by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for African Studies.
- Statement of Responsibility:
- by Tshibangu Kalala Tshitshi.
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- University of Florida
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- Copyright Tshibangu Kalala. Permission granted to the University of Florida to digitize, archive and distribute this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
- Resource Identifier:
- 035387590 ( ALEPH )
1013977811 ( OCLC )
- LD1780.1 2012 ( lcc )