Most of us will agree that one of the most important resources we have as a society is social capital. Social capital is the power that is found in relations, in the norms and values that we hold and the resulting social networks. Social capital is especially important in participatory resource management where the value of the communities social capital can be used to generate fair, equitable use of natural resource while maintaining the integrity of these resources.
Closely related to social capital is the relational power that each of us hold usually cultivated through interpersonal characteristics such as ability to interact with others, ability to be in a group and ability to break social barriers and interact with people who hold different values among others. It is also cultivated through intra-personal skills such as the ability to bring people together, to mediate and to empower others through such processes such as mentorship. Mentorship allows these skills to be passed from one generation to the other, from one community to the other and from one group to the other in an effort to achieve positive outcomes.
In The Power of Mentorship Rehema Abdul, a marketer and a writer based in Kigali, Rwanda writes about the role of mentorship especially for young people who are looking to develop and support their social capital, develop skills and benefit their communities.