Good Practices and Innovative Experiences in the South (Volume 3)

Citizen Initiatives in Social Services, Popular Education and Human Rights

Edited by Martin Khor and Lim Li Lin


This is part of a three-volume collection which provides information on innovative development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa that have actually worked. The 50 cases presented illustrate a wide spectrum of economic and environmental policy and practice.
These volumes constitute a unique, inspiring and practically useful compilation of the rich variety of innovative good practice being pioneered at governmental, NGO and community levels in so many Third World countries. They provide a wealth of information on a large number of particular policies, projects and organizations in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The project is the result of an initiative by UNDP's Special Unit for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The process of selection and description has been carried out by Third World Network in Penang headed by Martin Khor, drawing on the detailed knowledge of, amongst others, Claude Alvares of the Other India Press, Roberto Bissio of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo in Uruguay and Berhane Egziabher of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia.

The practical importance of this three-volume collection is to contribute to the process of replication across the South of the best ideas, practice and ways of organizing. These are based on a number of common principles, including respect for local cultures and knowledge systems; genuine harmony with the natural world; quality outcomes of real benefit to local communities and countries; and equity and democratic involvement. In political terms, this richly variegated and inspiring collection shows us all what some remarkable communities, organizations and governments in the Third World are achieving.

Author Bio

Martin Khor is director of the Third World Network. In this capacity, he has acted as a strong advocate on behalf of citizens' groups in the Third World on a range of international issues, including sustainable development, biosafety and other environmental questions, and the impact of globalization on the development prospects of the South. He is also a former vice chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights Expert Group on the Right to Development. He travels widely on speaking and other engagements and is the author of several books and numerous papers, occasional publications and newspaper articles on trade, development and environmental matters.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Basic Needs and Social Services
    • 1. Community-based Health Programs
    • 2. Brazilian Citizens Taking Action Against Hunger and Deprivation
    • 3. Disaster Preparedness and Management Innovations in the Philippines
    • 4. The Pani Panchayat - Water and Equity
    • 5. The SLU-SVP Housing Project
    • 6. Housing Co-operatives in Uruguay
    • 7. Institutionalizing Voluntarism - The University of the Philippines Experience
  • Part II: Education and Information
    • 8. Databanking and Research for Popular Education
    • 9. Pioneering Gender Awareness in the Academe
    • 10. The Other India Bookstore and Press
    • 11. Theatre for Education and Liberation
    • 12. Alternative News Agency as an Instrument of Social Change
    • 13. The Education Forum Experience in Alternative Education
  • Part III: Social Rights and Advocacy
    • 14. Consumers Action in a Third World Context
    • 15. Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation
    • 16. Defending Indigenous Women's Rights
    • 17. Innovative Policy Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines


Publication Date: 30 April 2002
276 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842771334
Library Edition: 9781842771327

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