World Sustainable Development Outlook 2010: Towards Epistemic Sovereignty: (Re)-thinking Development in a Changing Global Political Economy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

World Sustainable Development Outlook 2010

Towards Epistemic Sovereignty: (Re)-thinking Development in a Changing Global Political Economy, 1st Edition

Edited by Allam Ahmed, Gale TC Rigobert


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­The World Sustainable Development Outlook series has been developed to provide an overview of sustainable development, to discuss why it is important and to provoke forward thinking on the development of a more coherent approach to solving global problems related to sustainability through science and technology.

Outlook 2010 provides the impetus for the cross-fertilization of knowledge – across physical boundaries, cultures and epistemic schools. The main objective is to question the intrinsic ideological value of neoliberal thinking and methodologies; and to assess whether neoliberal approaches to development are appropriate for the socioeconomic challenges that beset Third World nations. The perspectives presented in this volume challenge traditional development thought and seek to present avant-garde ways of thinking about achieving sustainable development (SD), particularly in developing countries (DCs). Outlook 2010 covers a range of topics that ensemble endeavour to address growing concerns about the problems of the third world underdevelopment, even after decades of experimentation with one development strategy or another; all of which failed to deliver the majority of the world’s population from the bowels of poverty.

The main topics include: Accounting, economics and business management; Diasporic tourism, migration and brain circulation; Social capital and sustainable development; Changing demography of the world and the implications for policy making; ICTs, learning and development; The environment and sustainable development; Transport studies; Public health.

Table of Contents


Allam Ahmed and Gale TC Rigobert

Part I: Accounting, economics and business management

1. The future of the US Dollar as an international key currency

Buks Wessels

2. The impact of the financial crisis on investors in countries governed by Islamic banking and finance: The case of the Dubai world standstill

Kaitlyn Busler and Michael Busler

3. Cost minimisation through interest-free micro credit to micro entrepreneurs: A case of Bangladesh

Mohammed Nurul Alam

4. The role of Oman Development Bank in financing small- and medium-scale industries

S. Hemavathy Nithyanandhan

5. Evaluating the impact of changes in international trade policy on the sugar industry of Jamaica: An integrated assessment approach

Anthony Clayton, K’adamwe K’nIfe and Andrew Spencer

6. Foreign direct investment effect on East Asian productivity

Elsadig Musa Ahmed

Part II: Diasporic tourism, migration and brain circulation

7. Strategic developmental opportunities from diaspora tourism: The Jamaican perspective

Natasha Kay Mortley

8. Multinational hotel companies and sustainable tourism in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Joseph E. Mbaiwa

9. Diasporic tourism and investment in Suriname

Keith Nurse

10. Stimulating diasporic tourism as a niche market for Caribbean tourism: The case of Guyana and Toronto

Sherma Roberts

11. The potential role of the Caribbean diaspora in science, technology and industrial policy

Jason Jackson

12. Caribbean home town associations: An untapped resource for impacting development in the Caribbean region

Samantha C. Joseph, Roger Hosein and Martin Franklin

Part III: Social capital and sustainable development

13. Productive capacity, a platform for institutional change and sustainable development: The case for developing economies

Lamya Kanoo

14. Embedding social capital in place and community: Towards a new paradigm for the Caribbean food system

Marisa Wilson

15. Patterns of Caribbean livelihoods

Corinne Gregoire

Part IV: Changing demography of the world and the implications for policy making

16. The dynamics and consequences of population ageing in Trinidad and Tobago: A call for responsible planning for sustainable development

Jennifer Rouse, Vasudev Ramkissoon and Pemba Ramdoo

17. Crime in Trinidad and Tobago: Trends and implications

Maxine Hunte and Leigh-Ann Waldropt Bonair

18. The aged, a lost and dying society: Implying the importance of a gerontological framework for addressing their needs in the Caribbean

Kenneth A. Niles

19. Disaggregating demographic factors of labour change in Trinidad and Tobago

Sonkarley T. Beaie

20. Alien labourers and development processes the case of Montserrat

Godfrey C. St. Bernard

Part V: ICTs, learning and development

21. Can IT and ITES be an engine of growth? An empirical analysis

Seema Joshi

22. A holistic approach to organisational learning in manufacturing: a model and a research agenda

Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon and Kit Fai Pun

23. Opportunities for the use of computer-assisted instruction in enhancing the quality and coverage of education delivery in Guyana at the general secondary school level

Louis Dodson and Dianna A. DaSilva

24. Rethinking postsecondary, technical and vocational training for the 21st century

Patrice Parris Searles

25. Stem cell innovation system in India: Emerging scenario and future challenges

Shashank Shekhar Tiwari and Pranav N. Desai

Part VI: The environment and sustainable development

26. The uphill climb for environment and development: The challenges of rapid urban development in Trinidad and Tobago

Rudo Udika

27. Gendered applications of the carbon footprint: The use of carbon management tools to highlight the effect of gender on sustainable lifestyles

Nolana E. Lynch

28. The Turtle Village Trust, Trinidad and Tobago: Sustainability through strategic bridging, green alliance and enviropreneurship

Kalim U. Shah and Robin Marin

29. Cruising out of control? Dealing with the environmental impacts of cruise tourism in the Caribbean

Jaya Ramlall

Part VII: Transport studies

30. Assessing actions towards sustainable logistics: A framework

Vendela Santén and Sönke Behrends

31. Reducing waste in transport operations

Henrik Sternberg and Kent Lumsden

32. Bridging transportation gaps in Latin America and the Caribbean: Prospects and potential for maritime transportation cooperation in Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela

Khellon Quacy Roach and Raymond Mark Kirton

Part VIII: Public health

33. Sustaining the future well being of our children: An empirical analysis of breastfeeding practices in Trinidad and Tobago

Godfrey C. St. Bernard

34. The case for a preventative approach to chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) in Trinidad and Tobago

Dindial Ramrattan

About the Series

World Sustainable Development Outlook

The World Sustainable Development Outlook series aims to provide an overview of Sustainable Development (SD), explain why it is important and prompt dialogue on the development of a more coherent approach to solving global problems as they relate to sustainability. A holistic approach is used to critically examine the inter-relationship between the natural, the governmental, the economic and the social dimensions of our world and how science and technology can contribute to solutions. Outlook is a truly global source book; this is reflected in the varied national and cultural origins of the contributors as well as the topics and case studies covered.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics