Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia

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SAGE Publications, Oct 4, 2010 - Social Science - 486 pages
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This book explores issues related to poverty in South Asia in a two-pronged manner by focusing on injustice created and perpetuated by the unjust nature of a social order as its source and by providing concrete suggestions about how policymakers may move to challenge these injustices.

Drawing on research inputs from studies across various South Asian countries, the book redefines poverty as a process which excludes certain segments of the society from equitable participation in development opportunities as well as decision-making. It further identifies a variety of operational ideas which can be used by policymakers, political activists, and civil society advocacy groups committed to build a more just, inclusive and poverty free society in South Asia.

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Professor Rehman Sobhan was born in Calcutta on 12 March 1935. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling (1942–50), Aitichison College, Lahore (1951–52) and Cambridge University (1953–56) where he was awarded an MA in Economics. He began his working career as the faculty of Economics, Dhaka University in 1957 and retired as Professor of Economics in 1977. He served as Member, Bangladesh Planning Commission (with the rank of a State Minister), in charge of the Divisions of Industry, Power and Natural Resources, and of Physical Infrastructure (1972–74), as Chairman, Research Director, Director General and Emeritus Fellow, BIDS from (1974–93) and as a Visiting Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford (1976–79). He was a Member of the Advisory Council of the President of Bangladesh (with the rank of a Cabinet Minister) in charge of the Ministry of Planning and the Economic Relations Division (1991). He was the Executive Director, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) (2001–05), Visiting Scholar, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (2005–06), Senior Research Fellow, Ash Institute of Democratic Governance, Harvard University (2006–08). He was the founder and Executive Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) from 1994–99. Currently, he is the Chairman of CPD.

Professor Sobhan has held a number of important professional positions. He was a Member of the Panel of Economists to review the 3rd (1965) and 4th (1970) FYPs of Pakistan; Editor, Pakistan Economic Journal (1963–66) and Editor, Forum, a weekly, (1969–71). He served as Envoy Extraordinary with special responsibility for Economic Affairs, Government of Bangladesh during 1971, as President, Bangladesh Economic Association (1983–85), as a Member, Bangladesh National Commission on Money, Banking and Finance (1987), as a Member, U.N. Committee for Development Planning (1982–86), as a Member, Governing Council of the U.N. University, Tokyo (1986–91), as a Member of the Commission for a New Asia, Kuala Lumpur (1994), as a Member of the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva (1991–97), as Member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association (1994–99), as Member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the SAARC Heads of State to review the future of SAARC (1991), as Chairman, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (1997–2000), as Chairman of the Board of Grameen Bank (1996–2002), as a Member of the BIDS Board of Trustees (2000–03) and a Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Ash Institute, Harvard University. He is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Freedom Foundation, Bangladesh, Member of the Board of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, Kathmandu, and Chairman of the Pratichi Trust (Bangladesh) set up by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Prof. Sobhan has also received a number of awards which include the Bangladesh Bank Purushkar (2000) awarded to professionals in the field of economics in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Shadinata Purushkar (2008), which is the highest civil award in Bangladesh. To indicate the range of his professional interests a full list of books published by him (1968–2008) is attached as Annexure-4. He has also published around 140 articles in professional journals.

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