Innocent Emmanuel Witfield CHIRISA


The paper argues that though place stewardship is largely qualitative concept and practice, it is measurable. For theoretical analysis, the paper uses Amatya Sen and Yi-Fu Tuan’s models of capability and place, respectively, frameworks through which the indicators of measurement are drawn. By an illustrative set of criterion indicators, the paper puts across a possible framework for sustainable development through the element of place stewardship. Specifically, the criteria include individual capacity in households and membership; community capacity to decide on their ends; institutional capacity to meet the demands of the individuals, communities and those of other organizations; collaborative capacity to work on areas of common interest; and, the learning capacity of individuals, communities and organizations to adopt new innovations and adapt to changes. Place references are made to peri-urban settlements of Ruwa and Epworth, satellites of Harare, the capital city of Harare. Methodologically, the paper is based on the findings from a four year study by the author of this paper in which the behaviour, attitudes, perceptions and experiences of the inhabitants of the two settlements are crystallised and analysed.  


Place, capability, stewardship, sustainability, organizations, conflict, influence, environment

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