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From Poverty to Power


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Acknowledgements; Foreword: AmartyaSen; PART 1 INTRODUCTION; The unequal world; PART 2 POWER AND POLITICS; The political roots of development; I have rights, therefore I am; How change happens: A revolution for Bolivia's Chiquitano people; I believe, therefore I am; I read, therefore I am; I surf, therefore I am; We organise, therefore we are; How change happens: Winning women's rights in Morocco; I own, therefore I am; I vote, therefore I am; I steal, therefore I am; I rule, therefore I am; From poverty to power; PART 3 POVERTY AND WEALTH; An economics for the twenty-first century; Living off the land; How change happens: The fishing communities of Tikamgarh; The changing world of work; Private sector, public interest; Going for growth; How change happens: Botswana and Mauritius: Two African success stories; Sustainable markets; PART 4 RISK AND VULNERABILITY; Living with risk; Social protection; How change happens: India's campaign for a National Rural Employment Guarantee; Finance and vulnerability; Hunger and famine; HIV, AIDS, and other health risks; How change happens: South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign; The risk of natural disaster; Climate change; Living on the edge: Africa's pastoralists; Violence and conflict; Shocks and change; PART 5 THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM; Who rules the world? The international financial system; The international trading system; The international aid system; How change happens: The 2005 Gleneagles Agreements; The international system for humanitarian relief and peace; How change happens: Landmines, an arms-control success story; Climate change; Global governance in the twenty-first century; PART 6 CONCLUSION; A new deal for a new century; ANNEX: HOW CHANGE HAPPENS; Notes; Bibliography; Background papers and case studies; Glossary; Index

About the Author

Duncan Green has been Head of Research at Oxfam GB since 2004. He is the author several books on Latin America, including Faces of Latin America (1997, third edition 2006) and Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2003). He has been a Senior Policy Adviser on trade and development at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Policy Analyst on trade and globalisation at CAFOD.Mark Fried coordinates advocacy for Oxfam Canada and writes regularly on policy issues related to international development.


"In telling us what can be achieved by ordinary people through organised action, this book generates hope even as it enhances understanding of what is involved in the removal of poverty." Amartya Sen "A tour de forceA... At once shocking, realistic and radical, this book takes us further on the road to understanding the challenges of development and what needs to be doneA... It should inform and inspire all who are committed to policy and practice for a better world." Robert Chambers, author of Whose Reality Counts? Putting the Last First"Oxfam's great strength is that it channels the moral outrage that global poverty evokes into effective action based on solid research. From Poverty to Power is a comprehensive look at development in this tradition." Dani Rodrik, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University "A unique blend of solid academic understanding, serious activist experience, and political acumen. It deserves be a standard reference for social activists and policy-makers as well as a required reading for students in economics, politics, sociology, and development studies." Ha-Joon Chang, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge "Will be of immense help to human rights organizations like Amnesty International in our campaigns to draw greater attention to the rights of the poor." Irene Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International "Does justice to raising the spectre of inequalities in the world between the world's richest and poorest people and countries. It contributes to a better understanding of what to do to reduce global poverty." Bineta Diop, Executive Director, Femmes Africa Solidarite "Should be required reading for governments, development officials, and all those with an interest in the key challenges facing our civilisation."Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Democrats Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs

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