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Empowering communities

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1998
most Non-governmental organisations ( ngo s) are born out of a sense of dissatisfaction and idealism. This dissatisfaction arises due to the inadequate working of official bodies, dissatisfaction with the means and the end. It goes without saying that ngo s catalyse social equity and mass empowerment. This is because, unlike government officials, ngo s work with the people.

Mixed fare

Author(s): Sharmila Chandra
Issue Date: Mar 15, 1998
journals brought out by various non-profit voluntary organisations tend to be boring and are often rele-gated to dusty library shelves and reference sections seldom visited by people.

For a fairer science

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1996
. Situated within a critical sociology of knowledge, the papers appearing in Missing links argue that the liberating potential of science could be released if the issues of gender and equity were tackled head-on. A critique of the existing culture of science and development is followed by a discussion on the empowerment of women by providing them with better access to scientific and technological knowledge.

For a new world order

Author(s): M Raghuram
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1996
IT'S still the age of ideas despite the failure and death of ideologies and dearth of seminal ideas to rescue the collapsing fundamentals of social order and societies. Development and Environmental Economics: The Relevance of Gandhi, written by K Rajaratnam, an eminent economist and Gandhian activist, is an expanded monograph from public lectures in this context.

Need to know

Author(s): R Srikrishna
Issue Date: Sep 30, 1995
A SIMPLE distinction between developed and developing countries is that the former category has solutions for which there seem to be no problems while the latter is beset with problems for which there seem to be no solutions. The contributors to this book believe that this divide can be overcome if knowledge and information are transferred from the developed to the developing world. Capital flows and technical assistance are simply not enough.

Victims of progress

Author(s): Anand Prakash
Issue Date: Sep 15, 1995
What is wrong with progress and development? Can they be the culprits in a process that has wrought gradual marginalisation of the tribal people? Suresh Sharma asserts that the modern world with science and technology as its strong supporters has dealt most cruelly with a race that took nature as its sole guide and inspiration. Today, he rightly fears, tribals race extinction. Sharma's avowed aim is to alter some basic perceptions about tribal life. He sets much store by the poetry and music, the "grandeur and aesthetic vigour" of these children of nature.

The art behind development

Author(s): Seema Kalra
Issue Date: Jun 15, 1995
Can culture be ignored by those who are involved in the process of development. "No," says Ismail Serageldin, vice-president for Environmentally Sustainable Development in the World Bank. According to him, true development cannot take place without taking into account the cultural aspects of the society in question. It is this perspective on culture and development that he tries to push in this video, which is a filmed version of his lecture at the International Conference on Culture and Development in Africa in 1992.

Learning Gandhi

Author(s): Manjula Lal
Issue Date: Dec 31, 1994
IT MAY be unfashionable to say so these days, but Makarand Paranjape says it anyway: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was right. Realising perhaps that a straightforward discourse would make this a difficult book to read, the writer uses the question-answer format of a dialogue between a teacher and a student. By this stratagem, he hopes to create space for the neo-Gandhian perspective in current debates on the course that India should follow in an era in which the abandonment of socialism has left a moral and ideological vaccuum.

Report good, report middling

Author(s): Bibek Debroy
Issue Date: Aug 15, 1994
THE 2 books under review have established, dependable credentials, which is why they have the rare virtue of being eagerly awaited every year for additional insights on global developments. This year, the Human Development Report (HDR) introduces the somewhat controversial concept of human security; the World Development Report (WDR) focuses on infrastructure for development. If it is chrome-plated insights that you are looking for, the latter offers many more flashes.

'We have to make population growth compatible with development'

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1994
What are the priorities of the United Nations Population Fund? When I became executive director of UNFPA, I emphasised on 3 things. I insisted on providing information and family planning services on a very large basis, starting at the individual level. Ways have to be found to create an environment in which the individual most affected -- in this case, the woman -- also becomes a part of the decision-making process. And, we also need to have a population policy as part of the development strategy.
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