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Good Practices and Innovative Experiences in the South

Vol.3 (of 3 volumes): Citizen initiatives in social services, popular education and human rights

Edited by Martin Khor and Lim Li Lin
ISBN: 983-9747-60-6
Year Published: 2001
Co-publishers: Zed Books, UNDP
No. of pages: 264
Price: US$15.00

These volumes constitute a unique, inspiring and practically useful compilation of the rich variety of innovative good parctices being pioneered at governmantal, NGO and community levels in so many Third World countries. They provide a wealth of information on a large number of particular policies, projects and organizations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The 50 cases included focus on economic and environmental policy and practice, including community-based sustainable livelihood projects; social policy, the utilization of indigenous and traditional knowledge, and appropriate technology experiences; and innovative social service delivery and education organizations and experiments.

The project is the result of an initiative by UNDP's Special Unit for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. This part of the project was implemented by the Third World Network (TWN), whose secretariat is based in Malaysia. TWN coordinated the selection, research and writing up of the case studies.

The practical importance of this 3-volume collection is to contribute to the process of replication across the South of the best ideas, practices and ways of organizing. These are based on a number of common principles, including respect for local cultures and knowledge systems; genuine harmony with the natural world; quality outcomes of real benefit to local communities and countries; and equity and democratic involvement.

In political terms, this richly variegated and inspiring collection shows us all what some remarkable communities, organizations and governments in the Third World are achieving.

Contents:

Preface

Introduction

Part 1: Basic needs and social services

1. Community-based health programs
2. Brazilian citizens taking action against hunger and deprivation
3. Disaster preparedness and management innovations in the Philippines
4. The Pani Panchayat: Water and equity
5. The SLU-SVP Housing Project
6. Housing co-operatives in Uruguay
7. Institutionalizing voluntarism: The University of the Philippines experience

Part II: Education and information

8. Databanking and research for popular education
9. Pioneering gender awareness in the academe
10. The Other India Bookstore and Press
11. Theater for education and liberation
12. Alternative news agency as an instrument of social change
13. The Education Forum experience in alternative education

Part III: Social rights and advocacy

14. Consumers action in a Third World context
15. Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation
16. Defending indigenous women's rights
17. Innovative policy advocacy for indigenous peoples in the Philippines

 

 

 


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