This book traces economic and political issues through SAARC’s thirty-year journey. Topical and well-researched, this collection provides a comprehensive assessment of SAARC and provides policy directives for the future. The book points out the issues and constraints that have hindered regional cooperation in South Asia. It establishes that despite being democracies, there has been little effort by member nations to promote regional cooperation in the public domain. It stresses that in view of the increased role that countries wish to play in globalisation, economic cooperation is the way forward. The book further argues that political will is the pivot on which the prospect of regional cooperation revolves.
Chapter 17: Sewa's Sister-to-Sister Initiative for Peace and Work
Sewa's Sister-to-Sister Initiative for Peace and Work
Home to a quarter of the world's population, and also to both the world's poorest and richest peoples, South Asia is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Offering both hope and opportunities in the coming decades, it is prone to the recurring challenges of deadly disasters, economic downturn and internal conflicts, as well as a diversity of democracy demographic dividend, and the possibility of sustainable and climate-compatible development. Some countries, like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, are the worst sufferers, with three consecutive decades of internal conflicts and recurring disasters. All of these have not only destroyed physical and human assets, but the fabric of society as ...