Economic Democracy through Pro Poor Growth

Economic Democracy through Pro Poor Growth

By: Akmal Hussain (editor), Ponna Wignaraja (editor), Susil Sirivardana (editor)Hardback

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This volume addresses a central dilemma of our times from a perspective based on lessons from the ground-persistence of structural poverty after sixty years of independence amidst rapid economic growth, widening social anomie, political crisis and failing policy. . The collection presents an alternative school of thought which has been evolved by scholars and activists over decades, in which the poor are presented not as the problem but as an essential resource. Among this volume's distinguishing ideas are: a new role for the poor, raising mass consciousness, a core methodology for transformation, restructuring the state, pro-poor partnerships for all social constituencies, insistence on holism and values, learning from the poor and new social movements, and eschewing a priori thinking. This perspective powerfully argues the validity and feasibility of sustainable and transformative societal change. . The compilation is rich in lucidly presented case studies and illustrative examples. The strategies advocated would catalyse the process of achieving political and economic democracy at the grassroots and facilitate sustainable development. They would also help in the democratization of the phase of transition and growth. This work is an excellent reference source for development economists and students, researchers and faculty studying governance, poverty and human rights, and issues of security and human rights.

About Author

Ponna Wignaraja Chairman, South Asian Perspectives Network Association (SAPNA), Colombo. He served as Vice Chairman of the SAARC Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (1992). During a career with the UN system of over four decades, Dr Wignaraja has held numerous advisory roles in the World Bank, IMF, the UN University, UNESCO, UNICEF, IFAD and UNRISD. He has pioneered development banking and poverty focussed institutions at national and local levels, both internationally and in South Asia. A prolific author, Dr Wignaraja has published more than eight books so far, including Women, Poverty and Resources; Participatory Development: Learning from South Asia (co-author); New Social Movements in the South (ed.); and Pro-poor Growth and Governance in South Asia (ed.). He is currently also involved in issues relating to conflict management transformation and negotiations for peace in several South Asian countries. In 1993, he was awarded the highest civilian honour for national service in Sri Lanka-Deshamanya. Susil Sirivardana is the Chairman, Participatory Institute of Development Alternatives and Associate Coordinator, South Asian Perspectives Network Association, Colombo. He was a member of the Sri Lankan Administrative Service for over two decades where his contribution to two outstanding participatory development programmes-the Janasaviya National Poverty Alleviation Programme and the Million Houses Programme-is widely recognized. He also served as an advisor to the 1992 SAARC Poverty Commission. Susil Sirivardana has written extensively on housing and poverty alleviation and his co-edited publications include Readings on Pro-poor Planning through Social Mobilization in South Asia, Vol.I and Pro-poor Growth and Governance in South Asia. Currently he is also working on issues of conflict resolution and negotiation in Sri Lanka. Akmal Hussain has authored/co-authored several books on Pakistan's economic development, including strategic issues in Pakistan's Economic Policy, and more recently the UNDP, Pakistan National Human Development Report, 2003. He has also contributed to Pakistan's macro-economic policy as an independent economist in the President's Economic Advisory Board (1999-2002). Over the last decade he has helped establish institutions for poverty alleviation and participatory development at the village, provincial and national levels (the Punjab Rural Support Programme as its first honorary CEO and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund as a founding board member). He is currently senior fellow at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, and Member, Board of Governors, of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (Dhaka).


PrefaceForeword - Karan SindhPART I: A QUARTER CENTURY OF LEARNING FROM THE POORThe Point of Departure: Understanding the Reality, Constructive Dissent and Moving from Lessons on the Ground to Sustainable Policy - Ponna WignarajaEvolution of the Macro-Micro Pro-Poor Strategy - Ponna WignarajaPART II: THE CORE METHODOLOGY WITH THE POOR AS SUBJECTSSome Conceptual and Methodological Issues - Ponna WignarajaKnowledge, Power and Action: The Role of Participatory Action Research - D L ShethParticipatory Development Praxis in Pakistan's Punjab: A Case Study - Akmal Hussain Social Mobilization and Keeping the People's Surplus in People's Hands - Susil SirivardanaStrengthening the Base through Participatory Democracy for Transition to Sustainability - Shrikrishna UpadhyayPART III: SENSITIZATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITATORS THROUGH PRAXIS AND PARAn Illustrative Case Study of Experiential Learning and Deep Immersion Training - Ponna Wignaraja and Madhu SubramanianPART IV: MAKING THE MACRO FRAMEWORK PRO-POOR: A STRATEGIC AGENDATowards a New Socialistic Pattern and the Welfare Model in Kerala, India - Madha SubramanianPoverty, Power and Local Government in Pakistan - Akmal Hussain and Savail HussainValues, Development with Equity and Democracy: The Dynamics in Bangladesh - Shaikh Maqsood Ali Index

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  • ISBN13: 9788178298498
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9788178298498
  • ISBN10: 817829849X

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