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

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in addition, build on the inherent strengths of the broader universe of GRSOs and other voluntary health organizations that seem to be having an impact on this issue in some countries.
1. Providing demographic and family planning expertise through GRSO networks would be a more effective use of donor funds than sending international experts or trying to promote new family planning NGOS. The international affiliates of IPPF and other GRSOs specializing in family planning could obviously play a key role in this process. But family planning organizations would also improve their capacities for scaling out at the grassroots level by working with GRSOs focusing on poverty and the environment.
2. The rapidly growing women's movement could increasingly spread the message that attention to the reproductive as well as productive roles of women will be central to the achievement of sustainable development. GRSOs that are already enhancing women's productive role could build on an added motivational advantage in promoting reproductive choice and child spacing.
3. The potential for communicating about family planning through GRO networks has barely been tapped. According to Pradervand ( 1990:72), the Naam peasant organizations "quite spontaneously, started informing its members about birth control" and by 1984 had initiated training sessions in remote areas.
4. These approaches could be tied to programs designed to strengthen nongovernmental health organizations of all types, including strictly charitable organizations, which were important to the initial development of the family planning movement in Asia. The spread of a grassroots support function among many types of voluntary organizations, outlined in Chapter 4, implies that there is considerable potential for adding family planning to existing health systems. Linking existing hospitals and clinics to women's organizations and GRSO networks could rationalize the cost of increasing coverage.

NOTES
1.
Ross, 1990, p. 1.
2.
Padron, 1988b, p. 51; Landim, 1988; Tongsawate and Tipps, 1985. Even GRSOs working on preschools focus on mothers ( IDRC, 1992: 10-11).
3.
IRED, 1987, p. 22; Brundtland Bulletin, 1990, p. 41.
4.
Trejos, 1992, pp. 34-35.
5.
See Tendler, 1987. Albert Hirschman's earlier ( 1963) writings on "imbalanced" growth provide a conceptual counterpart to this point of view within economic development theory. Peterson ( 1982), on the other hand, argues that single- sector organizations in an inegalitarian setting tend to become public service contractors.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Note xiv
  • Selected Acronyms xv
  • 1 - The Politics of Development 1
  • Notes 18
  • 2 - Grassroots Organizations (gros) 21
  • Notes 51
  • 3 - Gro Networks 57
  • Notes 72
  • 4 - Grassroots Support Organizations (grsos) 75
  • Notes 113
  • 5 - Poverty, Environmental Degradation, and Population Growth: The Role of Grsos 117
  • Notes 135
  • 6 - Grso Networks 139
  • Notes 159
  • 7 - What Works: Assessing the Performance of Gros and Grsos 163
  • Notes 183
  • 8 - Gro-Grso Linkages 187
  • Notes 211
  • Glossary 215
  • Bibliography 217
  • Index 243
  • About the Author 265
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