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ERIC Number: EJ999395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-1
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0146-5945
The Global Schoolgirl
Chickering, Lawrence; Tyagi, Anjula
Policy Review, n174 Aug 2012
The challenges of poverty and development have long been regarded in terms of transitive relationships, in which the rich help the poor because the poor are not seen as able to help themselves. This view of the poor assumes they have mainly needs and no assets. With so many people believing this view it isn't surprising that the poor themselves share the assumption that they can't play any significant role in improving their own condition. Belief in the powerlessness of the poor cripples not simply the poor, but both the left and the right, with each looking to the mechanistic solutions of government or market. Neither has an active strategy for empowering the poor themselves to play significant roles in promoting change. An experiment underway for almost a decade in two states of India is producing powerful evidence that the poor "can" be empowered to move outside and beyond their traditional roles. They can start to pursue individual aspirations and dreams while also reaching out to each other, in connection, as citizens. These results in India are encouraging indicators that may begin to change how one thinks and talks about poverty and development, and hopefully about other, larger issues, including the promotion of change in tribal societies and even the reform of governments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India