The Road from Rio: Sustainable Development and the Nongovernmental Movement in the Third World

Synopsis

Grassroots organizations have become a significant global force and an increasingly powerful political factor in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fill a compelling need left as a void by governments either corrupt, unwilling, or unable to act effectively. Groups form, motivated by grinding poverty, environmental ruin, or outrageous exploitation. Fisher offers a comprehensive and insightful account of a number of such movements and explores the significance of the NGOs in the overall development process. Her analysis is particularly valuable because of its inclusiveness and the integration it gives to the worldwide phenomenon of grassroots efforts.

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