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Speaking Out

Edited By Jo Rowlands,Nikki van der Gaag
ISBN: 9781853396953
This book covers issues ranging from local community budget monitoring to popular mobilisation and media work; addressing a lack of voice and ability to speak out against injustice can make a big difference to people's ability to work towards a point where poor and marginalised women and men are more powerful and able to access their rights.

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  • Synopsis
    Many poor people around the world are denied the opportunity to have their say. Politics generally works well for those in power, but those in poverty are often excluded from forums that directly affect their welfare and so are unable to hold decision-makers to account. Speaking Out describes different ways to strengthen the participation of people in poverty so that they become active citizens and shape policy decisions. The book includes different approaches, lessons learned, and useful case study examples on issues ranging from local community budget monitoring to popular mobilization and media work. The chapters show that addressing a lack of ability to speak out against injustice, as well as the more tangible issues, can make a big difference to people’s ability to achieve greater well-being and to get out of poverty, and so work towards a point where poor and marginalized women and men are more able to access their rights. This book will be of interest to all concerned with issues of citizen participation and equality worldwide, particularly trainers and practitioners in community development work.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Boxes, Figures, Tables, Acknowledgements)
    1. The right to be heard: an overview
    Jo Rowlands
    2. A life with dignity: Honduran women raising voices to improve labour standards
    Juan Carlos Arita
    3. Building for the future: Fostering local accountability in Malawi
    Shenard Mazengera
    4. Tackling corruption: lessons from Oxfam's work
    Bethan Emmett
    5. Finding a voice for the voiceless: Indigenous people gain recognition in Bangladesh
    Ayesha Dastgir and Bibhash Chakraborty
    6. A new way of working: Community participation in local budgeting in Georgia
    Thea Jamaspishvili
    7. Indigenous women against impunity: challenging discrimination in Guatemala’s legal system
    Mayra Muralles and Rebecca Fries
    8. Get Heard! People living in poverty in the UK give their views on government policy
    Emily Laurie
    9. Driving Change: policies favouring poor people in Indonesia
    Sharon Thangadurai
    10. What’s in a name?: changing policies and beliefs in favour of women in Peru
    Rocio Vargas Morales
    11. Keep Your Promises: campaigning to hold government to account in India
    Avinash Kumar
    12. The Global Call to Action against Poverty: international voices for change
    Caitlin Blaser
    Back Matter (Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘Communities have a critical role in the formulation of public policy. This important new book, rooted in a wealth of experience, resonates strongly with work being pursued by humanitarian organizations to effect change with and for marginalized people everywhere. I welcome its contribution to this goal wholeheartedly.’ Sir Nicholas Young, CEO, British Red Cross

    ‘This book provides inspiring examples of the power and potential of collective action by the poor to hold governments accountable and to change the policy frameworks that affect their lives.’ Olga Gladkikh, Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University ‘The case studies in the book are truly inspirational and will be an important tool in the process of southern voices and experiences influencing international development policy. This compilation makes it easy for policy makers to learn from and use the experiences and struggles of poor people to develop relevant policies that address their needs and interests.’ Tara Brace-John, Governance Policy Coordinator, One World Action and Co- Chair, BOND Governance Group
  • Details
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    Editor Jo Rowlands,Nikki van der Gaag
    Number of Pages 152
    Format Paperback / softback
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