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Saguaro Seminar

The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America. An  initiative of periodic seminars launched by Robert D. Putnam at Harvard University.  This multi-year dialogue focuses on how to increasingly build bonds of civic trust -- and social capital  -- among Americans and their communities

Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS): Social Capital Initiative with the World Bank.

The Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), at the University of Maryland, College Park, was founded on the premise that countries with healthy institutions have correspondingly healthy economies. Thus, IRIS offers a virtually unique perspective on economic development. IRIS researchers and consultants assist fledgling democracies and newly industrializing countries to build robust democratic, legal, and economic institutions which provide both a foundation and a guiding hand for future broad-based, stable economic growth. IRIS is working with the The World Bank's Initiative on Defining, Monitoring and Measuring Social Capital.


Capitale contains useful resources for researchers interested in social capital and in its relationship with economic development. The website is edited by Fabio Sabatini, Phd student in Political Economy at the Department of Public Economics, University of Rome "La Sapienza".

Online Articles and Essays on Social Capital

Moving Ideas: Recommended Links on Civic Participation and Politics