In the last chapter we explored policy-making at the national level as shaped by processes of bricolage. In this chapter I re-focus on community-level life and collective action to examine the evolution of local institutions and their effects over time. Re-examining the institutional landscape of Eguqeni village in Nkayi district nearly two decades after the scenarios presented in Chapter 3 allows me to situate local processes of bricolage in the context of wider societal trends. Using this material, I review some of the key themes of institutional bricolage set out in previous chapters, and in so doing touch on ideas about the nature and role of the state in development.