Offering local leadership role models Defining community leadership role
The human input for rural development starts not with the technologists or the manager but with the village men and women who are prepared to defy the bondage of tradition. Effective personalities capable of making change happen right in their own villages where change has been long abhorred. These become the lay artificial inseminator and the first aid worker. Only when these makers of change are living and working in the villages can trained technologists and managers organize modern services economically.
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