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From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective by Duncan Green

By Duncan Green

The twenty-first century should be outlined via the struggle opposed to the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the specter of environmental collapse–as the struggle opposed to slavery or for common suffrage outlined past eras. From Poverty to energy argues that to wreck the cycle of poverty and inequality and to offer negative humans strength over their very own destinies a thorough redistribution of energy, possibilities, and resources is needed. the 2 using forces in the back of the sort of transformation are energetic electorate and potent states. Why lively citizenship? simply because humans residing in poverty should have a voice in finding out their very own future, battling for rights and justice of their personal society, and keeping states and the personal region to account.Why potent states? simply because background indicates that no state has prospered with out a country constitution than can actively deal with the advance method. there's now an additional urgency past the ethical case for tackling poverty and inequality, we have to construct a safe, reasonable, and sustainable international earlier than weather switch makes it very unlikely. This e-book argues that there's nonetheless time, supplied leaders, agencies, and members act. beginning this day…

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This is a ‘work in progress’, and suggestions on how to improve its methodology are particularly welcome. THIS BOOK From Poverty to Power is partly the author’s personal reflection, part conversation – the result of prolonged discussion within Oxfam and with numerous other development professionals, including some with views very different from our own. Given its origins, the content of the book inevitably concentrates on those areas in which Oxfam has most experience, and draws out a common story from that experience in the field.

Uganda’s near-doubling of net enrolments, from 54 per cent to over 90 per cent by 2000, was preceded by an increase in teachers’ salaries from $8 to $72 per month from 1997. Governments also ensured that rural facilities were well staffed, often by requiring publicly trained workers to work in rural areas. In Sri Lanka, all teachers are expected to work for three to four years in ‘difficult schools’. In the Gambia the government is building new housing in remote areas and establishing a ‘teacher housing loan scheme’ to help female teachers with the costs of decent accommodation.

Health is discussed in Part 4, while this section explores education, water and sanitation, and fertility control, as well as the roles of citizens and states in providing essential services. EDUCATION Education is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty. It is a right in itself, and it equips individuals to lead full lives, understand the world, and ultimately gain the self-confidence to make themselves heard. Good-quality education is emancipatory, a path to greater freedom and choice, and opens the door to improved health, earning opportunities, and material well-being.

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