oa Botswana Notes & Records - Mobilizing for self-managed production enterprises: a case study of CORDE, a local voluntary development organisation in Botswana

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



CORDE (Co-operation for Research, Development and Education) is a dynamic local voluntary development organisation established in 1986 in Botswana. Since its inception, CORDE has undergone significant changes particularly with regard to increased staff capacity and membership. The organisation has established representative structures through which member groups participate in decision-making processes at different levels. CORDE participates actively in national and regional networking structures which facilitate cross-fertilisation of ideas for member groups and for the organisation. It has a Technical Support Team (TST) that provides specialised support services to member groups in order to enhance their institutional capacity. This paper examines the strengths and constrains of CORDE as a local grassroots voluntary development organisation. Particular attention will be given to the functional relationship between the primary (member groups) and secondary (TST) structures and how they inter-relate in matters of organisational decision-making processes and in sharing responsibility for development initiatives.

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