Rural Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Poverty Alleviation: A Critique of Current Paradigms
AbstractDonors have developed new micro-level and local paradigms to address rural development, environmental sustainability, and poverty alleviation to bypass, ignore, and substitute for badly functioning and corrupt states. Yet, states still set the macro-economic, legal, and policy parameters or “rules of the game” within which other entities operate, and many non-state actors are only nominally independent. Hence, technical initiatives stemming from these paradigms, aimed at growth and equity are often theoretically misconceived and tend to fail when implemented. The paper critically discusses the new paradigms, including decentralization, civil society, microentrepreneurship, and capacity building, among others, mainly using African examples.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 11.
Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
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economic development; formal and informal and insitutional arrangements; development planning and policy; economic development; regional urban and rural analyses; formal and informal sectors; institutional arrangements; institutional linkages to development.;
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- NEP-ALL-2006-12-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2006-12-16 (Development)
- NEP-ENV-2006-12-16 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2006-12-16 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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