This study analyzes costs and benefits related to participation from the perspective of women. Based on two samples in Chad and in Pakistan, this study employs quantitative and qualitative approaches. Social capital as well as the wealth status are identified as the most important determinants of participation of women. The empowerment of women, as well as an improved social network, belong to the most important benefits of participation. The reduction and mitigation of risk constitute a significant motivation to participate. Moral hazard and freeriding, both frequently described in the theoretical literature as typical problems of collective action, are encountered. However, these problems do not seem to enter the private cost-benefit calculation of individuals. This is more determined by time as well as financial constraints.
About the Author
The Author: Born in Chile, Katinka Weinberger grew up in Columbia, South Korea and Germany. After high school and internships on farms and in development programs in Germany, Guatemala and Chile, the author studied agricultural economics in Kiel, Germany and Aberdeen, Scotland. After earning her degree (Dipl. Ing. agr.) in December 1995, she worked as a research fellow at the department of World Food Economics in Kiel and the Center for Development Research in Bonn. Since May 2000 she is employed as a Socio-Economist at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center in Tainan, Taiwan.
Table of Contents
Contents: Participation in the Context of Development – Approaches to the Economics of Participation and Cooperation – Case Studies Chad and Pakistan.