This book explores issues related to poverty in South Asia in a two-pronged manner—by focusing on injustice created and perpetuated by the unjust nature of a social order as its source and by providing concrete suggestions about how policymakers may move to challenge these injustices.
Drawing on research inputs from studies across various South Asian countries, the book redefines poverty as a process which excludes certain segments of the society from equitable participation in development opportunities as well as decision-making. It further identifies a variety of operational ideas which can be used by policymakers, political activists, and civil society advocacy groups committed to build a more just, inclusive and poverty free society in South Asia.
Chapter 8: Broadening Ownership of Assets through Collective Action
Broadening Ownership of Assets through Collective Action
Widening the Areas of Opportunity
In Chapter 3 we explored the scope for broadening the ownership of assets by the excluded in the rural areas through a process of agrarian reform. Asset ownership in the rural areas relates to natural resource based assets such as land, sub-surface water, village ponds, riverine resources and forests, including social forestry in the villages. These are all resource based assets with a capacity to generate income for their owners, lessees or those who exercise customary or usufructory rights over the resources. In this chapter, we will explore the area, scope and institutional mechanisms for expanding the ownership of assets for the resource poor (‘poor’ for short) ...