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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 method and social praxis which permits various stakeholders to bring about transformative social change through collective reflection, unlearning social mobilization processes as well as an accumulation process by the poor. The cases illustrate how the process mediates the main contradictions as well as creates conditions where growth, human development and equity need not necessarily be trade offs. This work stresses that the poor are not the problem and can be a part of the solution when rigorous social mobilization takes place and they are conscientised, building their own organizations as a new efficient countervailing power. These critical elements have been knit together into a transitional pro poor growth oriented strategy, deepening political and economic democracy at the base of South Asian societies.

Strengthening the Base Through Participatory Democracy for Transition to Sustainability
Strengthening the base through participatory democracy for transition to sustainability

South Asian countries, including Nepal, are trapped in the vicious circle of poverty and many of their citizens are therefore, looking for quick-fix remedies and ‘tool kit’ solutions. The failure of the old development paradigm, that of top-down approach of development has prompted many organizations to look for alternative and more promising models for poverty alleviation. Among these organizations, Support Activities for Poor Producers of Nepal (SAPPROS-Nepal) is on the constant lookout for the appropriate development model to combat rampant poverty in the country. This chapter attempts to show how SAPPROS is carrying out a participatory approach, facilitating building of local self-governing institutions of the poor ...

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