A different approach...

 
 

The results of economic policies shaped by globalization and dictated by terms of international loans, have benefited only a very small segment of the global population. The 2008 (and lingering) global economic meltdown is evidence that the system has not worked well for the developed nations either.


Development from top down appears to have failed the vast majority.


To reverse these trends, the historical neglect of the rural areas in countries like India must stop and life for the rural population must be made physically, economically and socially secure.

Its time to try a different approach-from the bottom up-beginning with the weakest sectors of society.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Large scale unemployment in the rural areas and mass migration (of the rural population) to urban areas are blamed for the economic woes of the developing countries.


The former causes the latter and together they create rural poverty and urban squalor.

Most of the rural poor in the world do not own land and their nominal earnings come from seasonal agricultural or construction work. Mechanization is further diminishing these opportunities.

 

Over 1.3 BILLION people worldwide live in extreme poverty and over 800 million earn their living from small land holdings. Over a BILLION people, world over, do not have access to safe drinking water and as many or more do not have access to any sanitary facilities.  In India, over 65% of her population still lives in villages, eking out subsistence living.


We believe that the village is the logical place to start.


The village is a manageable unit - not only because of scale and size but also because it is more democratic and less complex than large urban communities.

why villages ?

The 73rd amendment to the Indian constitution, grants villages through their Panchayats (directly elected Village Councils) greater powers and rights to determine their own affairs. These are intended to give the villages both political and financial autonomy.


This is the theory. If put to practice this could change life in the villages dramatically for the better.

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