Social Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Nitya Mohan Khemka, Suraj Kumar


232 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138490475
pub: 2019-09-11
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This book assesses the roadmap for the implementation of the SDGs in South Asia, focusing in particular on the areas of poverty reduction, inequality, health/wellbeing and water and sanitation. South Asia is amongst the fastest growing regions in the world, with an aggregate GDP in excess of 2 trillion US dollars, but at the same time it has significant deficits in human development, with 37% of the world's poor and nearly half of the world's malnourished children. For South Asia, the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs) represent a constructive opportunity to end many of the region's deprivations in a time-bound and systematic manner.

Starting with the legacy of the Millennium Development Goals, the book goes on to provide a country by country overview of strategies for addressing the problems of poverty, health, water, and sanitation. South-South Cooperation and in particular the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are discussed, and finally the editors present a summary of policy priorities for social development.

This book aims to be a useful resource for researchers, policy influencers, planners, implementers, students, and activists aiming to push to achieve the SDGs.

Table of Contents

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List of Contributors

Preface: Through the Looking Glass: Sustainable Development in South Asia

Nitya Mohan Khemka and Suraj Kumar

1. The Unfinished MDG Agenda and SDGs

Nitya Mohan Khemka and Suraj Kumar

2. Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia: Progress, Challenges and the Way Forward

Jayati Ghosh

3. Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh: Promises, Prospects and Opportunities

Syed Munir Khasru, Avia Nahreen and Marzuka Ahmad Radia

4. Where Does India Stand on the Sustainable Development Goals? Progress and Challenges

Anjana Thampi

5. Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal: Prospects and Challenges

Shrochis Karki and Uma Pradhan

6. Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan: An Analysis

Sahar Asad

7. "Leave No Woman Behind": Goal 5 through the South Asian lens

Vidisha Mishra

8. Reporting of South Asian Countries on the SDGs at the Global Level: Experiences, Challenges and Way Forward

Nathalie Risse

9. Towards a Policy Agenda for Achieving SDGs in South Asia

Nagesh Kumar

10. South-South Cooperation in South Asia to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Shiladitya Chatterjee

11. Conclusion: Policy Priorities for Social Development

Nitya Mohan Khemka and Suraj Kumar


About the Editors

Nitya Mohan Khemka is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fellow Commoner at Clare Hall College. She is also Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and is director at The Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation where she heads up the Foundation’s initiative on "The Indian Welfare State in the 21st century".

Suraj Kumar is SDG Advisor to the State Government of Chhattisgarh and Tripura and the UN in India and the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. He has pioneered the state Human Development Reports for 23 states in India, beginning with the Madhya Pradesh HDR in 1995. He is currently Senior Advisor at the KISS Bhubaneswar and visiting fellow at universities in India and the USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research on Asian Development

Welcoming contributions from new and established scholars worldwide, this series publishes high quality, interdisciplinary, original scholarship on development issues in Asia. Themes of the series include economic development, aid, migration and displacement, sustainability, globalization, gender, environment, social movements, climate change, political economy, health, education, human security, and urbanization. 

Routledge Research on Asian Development will be of interest to scholars of Development Studies, Asian Studies, International Studies, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Politics, Geography, Economics, and Anthropology.


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries