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Pro-Poor Growth and Governance in South Asia

Pro-Poor Growth and Governance in South Asia
Decentralization and Participatory Development

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July 2004 | 460 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This important volume advocates a pro-poor growth strategy where the poor also participate directly as subjects in development. The contributors maintain that a critical element in this process is social mobilization where organizations of the poor work in partnership with a restructured state and a socially responsible private sector. They see a new political space for this in the current attempts at decentralization which are also aimed at developing power to the people.

To illustrate these possibilities, the volume presents six case studies from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Together they show how new social movements and organizations of the poor are converging with efforts to decentralize and to share power at the local level.

This volume breaks new ground by investigating in depth the three important agendas of governance, decentralization/devolution, and poverty eradication, and by highlighting how they can be coordinated to fashion a genuinely pro-poor macro—micro development strategy.
Gowher Rizvi
Ponna Wignaraja
The Conceptual Framework
Madhu Subramanian
Decentralization without Mobilisation in Kerala
Amitabh Kundu and Debolina Kundu
Urban Local Government and Private Sector Partnership in Gujarat
Arif Hasan and Salim Aleemuddin
Karachi: Filling the Space in Local Governance with Self-Reliant Development
Susil Sirivardana
Innovative Practice amidst Positive Potential for Paradigm Shift: The Case of Sri Lanka
Srikrishna Upadhyay and Govinda Koirala
Women-led Pro-Poor Growth with Supportive Decentralization in Nepal
Shaikh Maqsood Ali
Decentralisation and Pro-Poor Growth Strategies in Bangladesh: Ready for Convergence
Akmal Hussain, Susil Sirivardana and Ponna Wignaraja
Lessons for Macro/Micro Policy

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ISBN: 9780761997986