1st Edition

Democratic Rural Organizations
Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia





ISBN 9781138202559
Published December 27, 2017 by Routledge
228 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Democratic rural organizations can play an important role in helping their members, who are frequently poor farmers living in the margins of the economy, to escape their disadvantaged starting point and to gain access to financial services, political influence and profitable markets for their product. Democratic Rural Organizations: Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia traces the evolution of democratic rural organizations from small groups to larger, NGO financed, multi-tier democratic rural organizations in recent years.





Rural citizens have historically formed democratic organizations by their own initiative, to enhance economic and social wellbeing, but in recent years rural mobilization processes are frequently initiated and supported by national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), who are financed and guided by international NGOs, a process which has had mixed results. Using rich empirical material from Uganda, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia, Democratic Rural Organizations: Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia identifies eight thresholds which represent practical stages in the development pathway of democratic rural organizations and influence success or failure.





Both development practitioners and researchers of development and rural policy will find this book a useful guide to the deployment of democratic organization as a strategy for economic and political empowerment.



Table of Contents



SECTION I Historical context of evolution of democratic rural organizations



Chapter 1 Democratic rural organizations as vehicles for rural development in Africa and Asia



Chapter 2 The socio-economic and political contexts of democratic rural organisations in India



Chapter 3 The socio-economic and political context of democratic rural organizations in Uganda



Chapter 4 The socio-economic and political context of rural organizations in Bangladesh



Chapter 5 The socio-economic and political context of rural organizations in Cambodia





SECTION II Conceptual framework



Chapter 6 Unpacking participation and fostering empowerment



Chapter 7 Identifying thresholds for the evolution of Democratic Rural Organizations





SECTION III Practical thresholds for the evolution of democratic rural organizations



Chapter 8 Mobilising rural people to organize in groups and higher level DRO



Chapter 9 NGO-fostered empowerment through membership of democratic rural organisations



Chapter 10 About what, when and how to federate democratic rural organisations



Chapter 11 Governance: adjusting aims and leadership to address market challenges and satisfy members’ aspirations



Chapter 12 Finance for the federation of democratic rural organisations



Chapter 13 Accountability in democratic rural organisations



Chapter 14 Markets as a threshold for DROs



Chapter 15 Navigating political challenges



Chapter 16 A Practitioners’ Perspective



Chapter 17 Conclusion

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Author(s)

Biography

Esbern Friis-Hansen is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark



Janki Andharia is a Professor and Dean at the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India



Godfrey Suubi is a Socio-Economist at the National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda