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Book posits a grassroots approach key to poverty alleviation

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:03 GMT
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Western governments and aid agencies need to transform the way they manage efforts to alleviate global poverty, argues journalist Augusta Dwyer in a new book titled "Broke but Unbroken: Grassroots Social Movements and Their Radical Solutions to Poverty" (Fernwood Press).

Rather than relying on handouts from the wealthy to solve problems created by the wealthy themselves, poverty alleviation can be achieved by the poor
through grassroots social movements, she says. Dwyer cites examples in Brazil, Indonesia, Argentina and India to illustrate her thesis.

Dwyer, who spoke to AlertNet in Toronto, is author of "Into the Amazon: Chico Mendes and the Struggle for the Rainforest" and "On the Line: Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border".

Credit: Julie Mollins/AlertNet

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