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.

Institutions for Promoting Collective Action by the Excluded

Institutions for promoting collective action by the excluded

So far we have identified a variety of areas where the excluded could broaden their ownership of assets through collective action. However, persuading large numbers of hitherto isolated and vulnerable individuals to come forward to establish ownership of a share in ITC or Grameen Phone, or to set up a labour exporting enterprise is not likely to emerge out of a process of osmosis. Institutional mechanisms would need to be devised, drawing on existing entities or specially designed to build such collectives of the excluded. Once we can reconstruct our thinking to recognise the advantages and scope for collective action, any number of institutional options can be devised. We identify ...

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