Letting people lead the way
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CTA. 1994. Letting people lead the way. Spore 51. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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People's self-development by Anisur Rahman 1993 234pp ISBN 1 85649 080 7 Pbk Zed Books Ltd 7 Cynthia Street London N1 9JF UK
The author of this book is a social scientist whose professional career began in his native Bangladesh. Following a period with the first Planning Commission of his country after Independence, he joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1977 as Coordinator of the Programme on Participatory Organizations of the Rural Poor. He was able to spend much of the next 14 years until his retirement in 1991 studying what he has chosen to call 'people's self-development' in many countries of the world, notably in Africa. This book is a series of papers written by the author throughout his career, which show how he has come to question conventional theories of economic and development thinking and discover new intellectual challenges in his work with grassroots movements. In his paper Glimpses of the 'other Africa', the author suggests that the only hope of generating a development dynamism in Africa is through stimulating domestic mobilization of social energy and resources. This can only take place through people's self-mobilization. This means the people, in convenient units of similarly situated persons or families living together as a community, getting together, reflecting upon their problems, forming some kind of a collective structure if this does not already exist, and taking initiatives as a group by pooling their brains, muscles and other resources together to achieve some jointly conceived objectives, and to keep on doing so. The poverty and under-development of Africa is well and widely known, states the author, but not so widely known are some of the outstanding and inspiring initiatives of people's self-mobilization. This paper presents examples of such initiatives in West Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. People's self-development by Anisur Rahman 1993 234pp ISBN 1 85649 080 7 Pbk Zed Books Ltd 7 Cynthia Street London N1 9JF UK