Empowerment: Towards Sustainable Development
While fashionable rhetoric threatens to overwhelm clear thinking in sustainable development, the authors of this study believe that serious and fifficult questions need to be asked if we are to move from the concept to the practice of sustainable development.
In particular, it is too easy to assume a positve relation between poverty reduction and an improved environment. Instead the authors argue that poverty alleviation and sustainable development are only likely if the idea of empowerment and its practical institutionalization in the law, the educational process and the machinery of government become a reality.
This innovative book explores the multiple ways in which this approach could become a reality, as well as the difficulties that stand in the way.