Mark Fried coordinates advocacy for Oxfam Canada and writes regularly on policy issues related to international development. Duncan Green.
The twenty-first century will be defined by the fight against the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the threat of environmental collapsee"as the fight against slavery or for universal suffrage defined earlier eras. From Poverty to Power argues that to break the cycle of poverty and inequality and to give poor people power over their own destinies a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets is required. The two driving forces behind such a transformation are active citizens and effective states.
Read an Excerpt CHAPTER 1 The unequal world Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times — times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry, and wealth accumulation — that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils. Mayra Buvinic. The idea of ending poverty is not new, but the global economy now has the resources to actually do so. Why active citizenship? Education and health care are available in two forms within India: better-quality, state-of-the-art services for a few contrasts with a dilapidated, low-quality service shorn of all dignity for the majority of the poor. Because people living in poverty must have a voice in deciding their own destiny, fighting for rights and justice in their own society, and holding states and the private sector to account.
Why active citizenship? Tells us what we must do in the limited time we have to prevent a human and ecological tragedy that will affect, in one way or another, each and every one of us.
Oxfam has a high reputation for books which combine careful and objective analysis with deep empathy for the poorest people on the planet. This one is no exception.
He tells us that the world needs both active citizens and effective states a simple phrase but one which requires significant change in both rich and poor countries. This is a readable and relevant text. I would like to receive email updates from Oxfam Canada.
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From Poverty to Power. Buy a copy of the book in Canada Renouf Books Download a six page summary of the book pdf document Read a profile of author Duncan Green Background papers To download a copy of the full report, click on the filelink at the bottom of this page. Endorsements In telling us what can be achieved by ordinary people through organised action, this book generates hope even as it enhances understanding of what is involved in the removal of poverty.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Tells us what we must do in the limited time we have to prevent a human and ecological tragedy that will affect, in one way or another, each and every one of us. Research and Publications.
Green, Duncan () From Poverty to Power: How active citizens and effective states can change the world, 2nd ed. Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing. 3 days ago How active citizens and effective states can change the world. and action on international development, highlighting issues of power, politics.