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Development Poverty and Politics: Putting Communities in the Driver's Seatby Richard Martin
Synopses & Reviews
Top down . . . bottom up . . . what works? This book explores development from the
perspective of the poor. Who are they? What lives do they live? What matters to
them? And most importantly, what can they do about it?
Martin and Mathema debate how people can be given legitimate control of their
own environment, and how governments can work with them. How do communities
and conditions drive behavior? What interventions are appropriate and how can we
approach development imaginatively?
This is not about usurping governance ? but revisiting structures that the developed
world has come to accept, and placing the power of decision in the hands of the
people it affects.
Nor it is about money . . . it's about people, and about how we can make our world
work for everyone.
Book News Annotation:
This text focuses on one particular aspect of development, urban development and the needs of the urban poor, and casts itself a "a search for methodologies which reflect the values of the people who will be the participants in and beneficiaries of the development." In essence, the book recasts longstanding ideas and debates within development theory ("very little in this book is new" state the authors) in view of what benefits the urban poor in the broad sense. Due to the research experiences of the authors, the focus is on issues concerning African cities. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
By providing specific and practical examples, this book helps practitioners to apply the insights of how best to pursue a bottom-up approach to development in their own work, while also helping theoreticians and students to develop a strong analytical framework on the subject.
The current practices of formulating and providing development aid often fail to substantively improve the long term conditions of the poor. Policies are established at the top and local initiatives and needs cannot be effectively addressed. Conventional project management principles prevent the spontaneity and responsiveness that might allow the program to respond to local needs. This book argues for a bottom-up approach to development and demonstrates that suitable systems can be developed which will yield faster and more sustainable results. By providing specific and practical examples, this book helps practitioners to apply these insights to their own work, while also helping theoreticians and students to develop a strong analytical framework on the subject.
We have long recognized that poverty carries a tremendous feeling of shame. However, few have let this overwhelming fact actually influence the making and implementation of anti-poverty policies. The Shame of It demonstrates that in order for anti-poverty policies to be truly effective, they must take into account the psychological trauma that poverty creates. Drawing on pioneering empirical research from a diverse group of countries, including the United Kingdom, Uganda, Norway, Pakistan, India, South Korea, and China, the contributors outline core principles that can bring policy makers greater sensitivity to the power of shame and, thus, the foundations for more effective ways of combating poverty.
About the Author
Erika K. Gubrium is assistant professor at Oslo University College in Norway.
Sony Pellissery is associate professor at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Ivar Lødemel is professor at Oslo University College.
Table of Contents
Resetting the stage
~ Erika K. Gubrium
New urban poverty and new welfare provision: Chinas Dibao system
~ Ming Yan
Thick poverty, thicker society and thin state: Policy spaces for human dignity in India
~ Sony Pellissery & Leemamol Mathew
Self-sufficiency, social assistance and the shaming of poverty in South Korea
~ Yongmie Nicola Jo & Robert Walker
‘Not good enough: Social assistance and shaming in Norway
~ Erika K. Gubrium & Ivar Lødemel
Pakistan: A journey of poverty-induced shame
~ Sohail Choudhry
Separating the sheep from the goats: Tackling poverty in Britain for over four centuries
~ Robert Walker & Elaine Chase
‘Food That Cannot Be Eaten: The shame of Ugandas anti-poverty policies
~ Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo & Amon Mwiine
Shame and shaming in policy processes
~ Sony Pellissery, Ivar Lødemel & Erika K. Gubrium
Towards global principles for dignity-based anti-poverty policies
~ Erika K. Gubrium & Ivar Lødemel
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