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The sharpening poverty contradictions and their links to a larger governance reality is the theme of this book. Enhanced understanding of the security and human rights situation in South Asia has also led to identification of alternative possibilities for innovative policy at both the micro and macro levels. Action research, which provides the material basis for formulating sustainable policy, differentiates this work from conventional development thinking and action. This material basis is provided by learning from the survival struggles of the poor themselves and new social movements in South Asia, and not from a priori theorizing and received wisdom from distant contexts. The book identifies critical elements in a more holistic interdisciplinary and analytical methodology. Another methodological innovation reflected in this work is the dialogical ...

Evolution of the Macro–Micro Pro-poor Strategy
Evolution of the macro–micro pro-poor strategy

Towards a Theory of Rural Development sought to understand how the creative initiative of the poor could be released for the all-round development of their lives (De Silva et al. 1977, 1988).

The critical elements in this approach were derived initially between 1975 and 1980 from the actual macro–micro experience of several Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and South Korea). The broad construct of the theory that emerged, albeit rudimentary, sought to explain the long-run direction and goals of a holistic development effort and the social mobilization process involved, with the poor as subjects in the process. A new social movement called ‘Bhoomi Sena’ in the State of Maharashtra in India provided the ...

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