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dc.contributor.authorHossain, Md Amzad
dc.contributor.authorMarinova, Dora
dc.contributor.editorDave Gardiner and Katie Scott
dc.identifier.citationHossain, M.A. and Marinova, D. 2005. Poverty Alleviation — A Push Towards Unsustainability in Bangladesh?, in Gardiner, D. and Scott, K (ed), International Conference on Engaging Communities, Aug 14-17 2005. Brisbane: Queensland Department of Main Roads.

Social, economic, educational and infrastructure development programs in Bangladesh, including national and international aid and grants, focus on the agenda of ‘poverty alleviation’. However, they are not performing well as social and environmental degradation is on the increase. The paper analyses the reasons for the failure of development programs from a sustainability point of view. Some explanations are provided through the views of Bangladeshi rural activists, including Baul philosophers. They cover: (1) exclusion of poor people from participation in development programs, especially in natural resource management; and (2) widespread corruption accompanying foreign aid. ’Moderate poverty’ is seen in Bangladeshi culture as acceptable given the country’s conditions. It actually promotes a more sustainable way of living. ‘Poverty’ should be seen as culturally embedded and within the context of population growth and sustainable consumerism. ‘Poverty alleviation’ as promoted in development projects in Bangladesh is neither possible nor desirable, as it is not coupled with the means to achieve sustainability. The paper makes recommendations how to overcome poverty, using local knowledge and developmental wisdom. The outlined approaches relate to sustainability education, self-reliance and pro-sustainable ways of living.

dc.publisherQueensland Department of Main Roads, Brisbane
dc.titlePoverty Alleviation — A Push Towards Unsustainability in Bangladesh?
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities
dcterms.source.conferenceInternational Conference on Engaging Communities 2005
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateAug 14 2005

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