RESEARCH: Development on the Peripheries


Karen Chapple and Sergio Montero dig into the relationship between governance processes and local economic development in small cities and peripheral regions in Latin America.

When Peruvian engineer Teodoro Rojas returned home to Tupicocha from a 1983 visit to the Gallito Ciego dam in Cajamarca, he gathered together his fellow comuneros to tell them about the valve technology he had seen. His vision was to use it to build artificial reservoirs to solve the community’s irrigation problems. But some of the people remained skeptical, according to Rojas: “They couldn’t imagine it, because they had never seen it before.”

Sergio Montero
Publication date: 
January 10, 2017
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article