Speaking Out: Case studies on how poor people influence decision-making

Speaking Out: Case studies on how poor people influence decision-making
176 pages

Authors
van der Gaag, Nikki
Rowlands, Jo

Publication date
09 Nov 2009

ISBN
9781853396953

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Practical Action Publishing

Series
Oxfam Programme Insights

Type
Book

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 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 get out of poverty, and so work towards a point where poor and marginalized women and men are more able to access their rights. The case studies in this book are also available as individual papers.

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