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Poverty and Participation in Civil Society

Yogesh Atal and Else Øyen

Proceedings of A UNESCO/CROP Round Table organized at the World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 1995

Copyright © 1997 UNESCO and ISSC/CROP

During the World Summit for Social Development, held in Copenhagen in March 1995, UNESCO organized a Round Table, in collaboration with CROP -- the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, set up by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) -- to discuss the problem of promoting participation of the poor in civil society. This book carries the proceedings of that Round Table edited by Dr. Yogesh Atal and Professor Else Øyen who jointly convened that Round Table. The holding of the Round Table, and this publication of its proceedings, constitute one of the several contributions made by UNESCO to the World Summit process.

In view of the fact that the decade of 1997-2006 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty the publication of the proceedings of this Round Table is timely and important. What was deliberated at the Round Table should help develop an agenda not only for research and reflection, but also for affirmative action.



    Francine Fournier
    Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences
    UNESCO, Paris, France

Chapter 1

    Involving the Poor: The Many Question Marks
    Yogesh Atal
    Director, Coordinating Unit for the World Summit for Social Development,
    UNESCO, Paris, France

Chapter 2

    Towards a Culture of Participation and Citizenship: Challenges for a More Equitable World
    Elizabeth Jelin
    University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chapter 3

    Poor People' s Realities: The Professional Challenge
    Robert Chambers
    University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Chapter 4

    Poverty Eradication and Participation in Africa: Structural Issues Barring Participation of the Poor
    UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Chapter 5

    Poverty Eradication through Participatory Development: Lessons from South Asia
    Ponna Wignaraja
    UNU Project on South Asian Perspectives, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chapter 6

    The Art of Building Bridges between the World of the Poor and the World of the Non-Poor
    Else Øyen
    Chair of CROP and Professor of Social Policy
    University of Bergen, Norway

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