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Self-Reliance: Key to Sustainable Rural Development in Nigeria

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Author Idoma Kim, Muhammad Isma’il
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 585-592
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 6
Issue Date July 01, 2013
Publishing Date July 01, 2013
Keywords Self-reliance, Rural, Development, Sustainable, Nigeria.


The paper examines the principles of self-reliance as critical elements to the overall sustainable development of the rural economy drawing examples from Nigeria. It argues that there is a need for an alternative model for development in traditional, predominantly rural communities which avoids creating overdependence on foreign aid and allows for the empowering of local people to trust in their own capabilities and spirit. Self-reliance as an alternative to the western model if properly understood and applied can bring hope for a brighter and more sustainable future.

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