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Understanding Cooperatives as Social Enterprises

The term “social enterprises” refers to a wide range of institutions that lie between not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. They are driven by social missions. This article treats cooperatives as an effective model of social entrepreneurship for development in rural areas. It also examines the significance of cooperatives for the developmental process. Additionally, it compares the modes of operation of private firms and cooperatives. It also develops the criteria for measuring the economic performance of social enterprises and concludes that profitability should not be the sole criterion for judging the performance of cooperatives.

Community Participation in Effective Water Resource Management

The initiation of the growth process in the rural economy in India, which is predominantly agriculture-based, needs optimum allocation and careful management of scarce water resources for irrigation. Using primary data, the impact of a tripartite institutional framework—comprising a non-governmental organisation, the funding agency, and the people (forming a community-based organisation)—on rural sustainability is examined. Tobit analysis is used to evaluate the impact of participation on rural sustainability. The results establish that community participation is critical in enhancing rural sustainability in terms of managing indigenous water harvesting structures like johad s.
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