Voices from the Margins: Consensus Building with the Poor in Bangladesh

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Practical Action has been introducing consensus-based planning approaches in villages that are poor even by Bangladesh standards, where 90% of people live under the poverty line and over 60% are illiterate. These methods work on raising the voice and confidence of the poor at the local level within their communities, and the results have been spectacular--opening up new income generation and resource management and influencing opportunities for marginalized communities in ...
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Overview

Practical Action has been introducing consensus-based planning approaches in villages that are poor even by Bangladesh standards, where 90% of people live under the poverty line and over 60% are illiterate. These methods work on raising the voice and confidence of the poor at the local level within their communities, and the results have been spectacular--opening up new income generation and resource management and influencing opportunities for marginalized communities in flood-prone areas.

Highly useful in countries that reject the role of NGOs in governance or human rights, and in planning for disasters and humanitarian interventions. Essential reading for program staff of national and international NGOs, governance and rural development advisers in the national and multilateral agencies, Ministry officials, and researchers and students in universities and development institutes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853396243
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Coupe is International Projects Manager in the Practical Action Programme on Reducing Vulnerability, with a background in African Studies.

Roger Lewins was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth and is now an independent consultant in the field of development research. He currently specializes in natural resource management and policy in the developing world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; List of Tables; List of Figures; List of Boxes; List of Photographs; Acronyms and Glossary; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1) Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building for Natural Resource Management: The Principles of Consensus; The Origins of Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building Methods; Characteristics of the Approaches and Recent Developments; Consensus Building and NRM in the Development Context; Transplanting Approaches to Consensus Building; Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD); Synthesis—A Typology of Consensus Building in NRM; 2) Consensus Building in the Bangladesh Charlands: The Informal Institutional Environment of the Poor; Navigating the Local Social and Institutional Landscape—Experience from the Char Villages; Summary; 3) The Char-Modified PAPD Approach: The Stages of the Char-Modified Approach; Characteristics of the Char-Modified PAPD; The Key Modifications Summarized; Synthesis; 4) Discussion: One Step at a Time; The Potential Role of Government Structure; Farming Futures; Voices From the Margins; Understanding the Institutional Environment for Participatory Planning; Current and Potential Uses of PAPD; Notes; References; Index.
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