This book reviews contemporary campaigns for community participation and empowerment with examples from all over the world. It critically assesses developments in the 'mixed economy of welfare' in terms of their relevance for self-help and community participation. It also considers the concept of empowerment and its relation to public policy and development within social movements.
This chapter describes the process of institutionalising a gender-oriented participatory extension approach in Siavonga District, Zambia.
This chapter examines three NGOs operating in Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal to analyse the different approaches to incorporating women and refugees into organisational structural hierarchies, and the impact this has had on programme activities and women. In doing so, it probes the multi-faceted relationships between the structure of development organisations, women's participation, and empowerment.
Grassroots activists and researchers build here on their varied personal experiences to clarify and strengthen the effectiveness of participatory group action in overcoming impoverishment, oppression and exclusion. The authors focus on core issues of social and political organisation and change, such as: relations between self and other; group identity and solidarity; honouring different types of knowledge systems; and organising against vested positions and unjust power structure. Integrative chapters present an alternative development paradigm, offer techniques of coalition-building in diversity, and propose a conceptual design of values and eythical principles towards socially just, sustainable development.