Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Graduate School

Major Professor

Aarong Augsburger, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Bernd Reiter, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Holly Mattew Dunn, Ph.D.


Developing plans, rural organizations, government, South America


We have been talking for several decades about what development is and what is not, we have added greater attributes to it, and recently we have begun to understand that, like most processes and dynamics that require the interaction of living beings, we must be open to the development does not behave like a straitjacket, unique and homogenizing for all. In this transfer, different elements have been added, and a greater number of actors have begun to have relevance. Aspects such as sustainability and greater participation have meant today we can count on ways through which we do not seek solely and exclusively to achieve the definition of what is conceived as development, but on the contrary, ways are enunciated to through which it can be reached.

In these forms and the recognition of other actors, a player has been consolidated that recognizes the value of generating profit as a means and that focuses on the development of the people who constitute it, the sector of the social and solidarity economy. The sector that emerged as an articulating actor between the different forms of production that existed during the 20th century and alternative forms of resource distribution, and that today is an actor with broad international relevance due to its ability to articulate and generate solutions alternatives to people's needs.