The Quality of Life in Rural Asia

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In light of rural Asia's 30-year population increase, this book reviews trends and patterns in the quality of life, identifies and anlyzes options for private and public policies for the improvement of the quality of life, and assesses the prospects for the quality of life in the context of globalization, privatization, and technological change.
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Overview

In light of rural Asia's 30-year population increase, this book reviews trends and patterns in the quality of life, identifies and anlyzes options for private and public policies for the improvement of the quality of life, and assesses the prospects for the quality of life in the context of globalization, privatization, and technological change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195924541
  • Publisher: Asian Development Bank Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: A Study of Rural Asia Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. I The Quality of Life 1
Ch. II Determination of the Quality of Life 13
Defining the Quality of Life 13
QOL Framework 23
Rural QOL and Urban and Global Economies 30
The Asian Financial and Economic Crisis: A Case Study 36
Ch. III Patterns and Trends in the Quality of Life in Rural Asia 45
Data and Methodology 46
Quantitative Analysis of QOL in Rural Asia 64
Qualitative Discussion of QOL in Rural Asia 82
Ch. IV The Importance of Institutions 93
The Nature of Institutions 93
Institutional Quality and QOL Outcomes 97
Coping With Adversity: A Case Study of Flooding in Bangladesh 105
Human Rights: The Importance of Implementation 112
Gender Agenda 115
Ch. V Strategies and Instruments for Improving Rural Quality of Life 133
Income Generation 134
Infrastructure 140
Energy 149
Provision of Social Services 161
Microfinance 166
Land Reform 176
Ch. VI Prospects and Challenges 183
The Demographic Challenge 185
The Threat of HIV/AIDS 201
The Context of Development in Rural Asia 211
Ch. VII The Policy Environment 221
The Main Actors 222
A New Agenda 228
References 231
App. 1 QOL Indicators: Definitions and Sources 251
App. 2 Statistical Model Used to Make Inferences about Rural QOL from Data on QOL at the National Level 259
App. 3 Qualitative Perceptions of Quality-of-Life Trends in Rural Asia 261
Author Index 291
Subject Index 297
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