Reducing Poverty, Building Peace

Reducing Poverty, Building Peace

Reducing Poverty, Building Peace

Reducing Poverty, Building Peace

Synopsis

• Draws attention to the global nature of poverty and its link to conflict

• Looks at poverty as a universal problelm, focusing on all nations both rich and poor

• Multidisciplinary and wide-ranging, targeted for a broad audience, including NGOs, community and citizen based advocacy groups, students in international development programs and practitioners.

Poverty and peace, and the relationships between them, are the central challenges for our times. Arguing that reducing poverty is not only possible, but can also build opportunities for peace, Coralie Bryant and Christina Kappaz help form the policy debate on the role of poverty reduction in international society. Oftentimes poverty is looked at only in specific countries, or is focused on developing countries. Reducing Poverty, Building Peace looks at poverty from both sides of the spectrum: domestic and global, rich and poor countries.

The second half of the book focuses on what has been learned about effectiveness, especially through participatory development, and more commitment to implementation in order to gain results. This book combines a discussion of theoretical concepts with attention to policies, programs, and projects and the ways they might be designed and implemented to reduce poverty. Since there has been progress in reducing poverty, the challenge now is to learn from this experience about what works and to build political will to achieve this possible goal.

Excerpt

These are troubled times. And these are miraculous times. We live in a world full of people harmed or homeless due to wars, natural disasters, and poor governance. Millions of refugees and two billion very poor people are struggling each day to stay alive. Yet, simultaneously, these are also times of positive changes that improve lives. New lifesaving discoveries have been made. We know more about protecting our environment. More newborns arrive safely; more of their mothers survive. More of us live longer, are literate, and have access to more information than ever before in human history.

Our world is not “either-or,” but rather “both-and.” We live in an era that is both war-torn and full of promise; it is full of both new opportunities and serious challenges. We are more aware of the scale of poverty and better positioned to address it. We know more about violence and somewhat more about how to prevent it. Much of the world is changing, with boundaries moving, technological innovation spreading, and inventions underway. We are more secure (warnings are issued on everything from traffic snarls to pending hurricanes) and less secure (terrorist strikes are more likely and less predictable). Politically, more countries are democratic than ever before in human history. More local grassroots organizing is helping to build civil societies in transitional countries in the new and enlarging European Union, as well as throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. People the world over are coming together to work on development in their villages, communities, towns, and countries, as well as at the international level.

Much of the material in this book is derived from our years of practical experience working on development programs and projects. Coralie (Corky) was a senior staff member at the World Bank for 7 years. While there, her work included projects in Zambia and in Brazil, as well as work on the World Bank's policy paper on governance (1991). Prior to the World Bank, she worked in Uganda, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Lesotho. Christina, too, has worked with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank and is currently a consultant with Millennia Consulting in Chicago. Her work has involved projects throughout Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean including . . .

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