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Improving People's Lives: Lessons in Empowerment from Asia

by Mukul Sharma SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Pbk 220 pages
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This book is about the experience of four non-governmental organizations and the strategies for empowerment they have developed in select countries of South and Southeast Asia. The case studies here, covering Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Malaysia, present a diverse range of approaches to people's empowerment, from strategies for capacity building within NGOs, to those applied to work with marginalized people. The book deals with concrete programmes of rural development, community organization, women's empowerment and NGO capacity building. It describes how NGOs in Asia have evolved their programmes and their attempts to deal with a range of problems. It addresses a number of questions: ) What variations and common features do they demonstrate? ) Are they simply concerned with their specific programme and their target group, or do they illustrate some fundamental and deeper principles? ) Are these the ways in which a range of groups within civil society can advance? ) What are the various tools of empowerment? ) What is the relationship between NGOs and the State?

Foreword - Colin Ball Introduction - Mukul Sharma The Rural Support Programme - Ali Dastgeer Empowering the Rural Poor in Pakistan The Women's Centre for Change, Penang - Siti Hawa Ali Empowering the Women of Malaysia The Satyodaya Centre - Muthuvadivoo Sinnathamby Empowering Tamil Estate Workers in Sri Lanka The Experience of Sahayi - Gregory Placid Capacity-Building for Sustainable Development Conclusion - Mukul Sharma

Mukul Sharma is a Delhi-based freelance journalist and writer.