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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 ...

Participatory Development Praxis in Pakistan's Punjab: A Case Study1
Participatory development praxis in Pakistan's Punjab: A case study
AkmalHussain
Introduction

A programme whose goal is nothing short of overcoming poverty in rural Punjab within a decade is historically unprecedented in this province in terms of both magnitude and complexity of effort. It was therefore clear from its inception that the Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) would have to bring together a talented team of managers, each of whom could combine creativity with commitment. The challenge was to create a work culture in which this creativity and commitment could be sustained through an intensive work schedule and collective synergy. Since we were facing a unique set of circumstances in each of the eight regions where we started work, it ...

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