Poverty reduction, development and sustainable development
1Thematic Paper presented at Union Network International (UNI) Asia Pacific Regional Conference held at Kathmandu on December15-16, 2007 POVERTY REDUCTION, DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Concepts and Nepali Context Keshav Prasad Bhattarai1 Poverty menaces and DeprivationMore than 200 years ago noted English man of letters Samuel Johnson (1709-84) said that poverty is agreat enemy to human happiness, it certainly destroys liberty and it makes some virtues impracticable andothers extremely difficult ’.Yes poverty was there in past and it is among us at present. The genesis of poverty and sense of ownershipover natural resources are coterminous. Obviously poverty is a human creation with most inhuman and uglyeffect.Generally speaking, inability to afford an adequate standard of consumption is poverty, but noted EconomistAmartya Sen analyses poverty in terms of both income and capability deprivation. According to Sen rise inincome may not necessarily generate capability, similarly income can not be converted into capability butcapability itself has profound income generating impact .Therefore agreeing with Sen , by poverty we alsomean state of living under severe level of deprivation regarding fundamental freedom of actions andchoice (1). Poverty therefore is a capability deprivation with relations to the absence of ownership and entitlementsregarding productive skills and abilities, inheritance and transfer entitlements. Such absence comprisesentitlement to trade something that some body owns, own something produced by his or her ability andresource management skills. (2).An Iranian politician turned academician Majid Rahnema defined poverty in simple term as a situationlacking deficiencies or deprivation of material, non material and existential kind.(3)In 1987, Father Wresinski, defining poverty, suggested that social vulnerability is the absence of one ormore assured capacities which permit individuals and their families to carry out their basic responsibilitiesand enjoy their fundamental rights.The insecurity which results from such a condition leads frequently to extreme poverty and tends toprolong itself over time, becoming persistent and gravely compromising the ability to recover the exerciseof these rights and responsibilities within the foreseeable future.. (4) Going to wider repercussions ofpoverty, he stresses, behind any poor community is another which is poorer. Behind poverty strickenstreet is another even worse and behind a poor family we can almost always find another poorer’ (5)Therefore we can understand that poverty and deprivation is a situation when someone is denied minimumrequirements for survival, wellbeing, status and freedom, creating more and more poverty and deprivation.Thus we can comprehend poverty as inability to meet one’s basic needs or non availability of minimumnecessities as required by economic, cultural and biological survival. It is lack of power and self confidenceto change one’s life and inability to command love and respect from others. Also it is a situation when anyindividuals quite unable to carry his /her responsibility towards family and society.2. Nepali Context and efforts on Poverty Reduction
2Failures in building peoples’ assets and addressing their concerns have forced us to live in a horrible stateof poverty, as if we are a state without a state. This is ultimately responsible for our present situation-most vulnerable to all kind of socio -political and economic catastrophes. .After Maoist were brought into the peace process it was supposed that economic activity will beaccelerated and Nepal will see greater achievements in creating new jobs for millions of youths in rural andurban areas and alleviate poverty to large extent. This was to give new economic power to people and theConstituent Assembly election will institutionalize both the peace process and socio-economic development.But this could not happen. Industrial and trade centers around the country could not gain desired trust andsupports from the partners themselves. Neither the state could show its presence by maintaining law and order situation even in major urbanareas. Because of this, both national and foreign investments got their ways of safe way out. As a result offlow of capital as well migration of educated and skilled man power to other countries, Nepals effort toreduce poverty and create prosperity is receiving hard hit. Economic growth is again being stagnated andlimited job markets have been squeezed more and more.This indubitably has killed the inspirations and aspirations of our population specially the youth who in turnare fleeing the country in thousands a day and leaving Nepal a country without young and energeticpopulation. As a result, we are left with more and more dependency upon remittance rather than increasingin-country incomesAccording to UNDP since the 1970s there has been a steady decline in poverty in Nepal and largeimprovements in the levels of human development. The proportion of Nepalis living in poverty dropped from42% in 1995/96 to 31% in 2003/04. In spite of these gains, poverty alleviation remains the priority concernof Nepals government as over eight million of its citizens still live in poverty and the gap between thebetter-off and the poorest sections of society is widening. (6)The Tenth Plan (2003-2007) has set poverty reduction as its overarching goal. It has made a new departureand formulated more participatory approach, policies and strategies on a prioritized basis. In order toachieve the goal of poverty reduction, the Tenth Plan has laid out four pillars: 1. Higher sustainable and wider economic growth2. Social sector and rural infrastructure development3. Targeted programs4. Good governance (7)In recent years, there has been an unfavorable environment for overcoming the longstanding structuralbarriers to pro-poor economic growth. The continued conflict even after peace process had a largenegative impact on the economy. This has made it difficult for the government to implement its policies,and drew attention and resources away from development towards security. The introductions ofprogressive reforms and of decentralized local governance have been seriously hindered by the absence ofpopularly elected bodies at all levels (8)In assisting the Government of Nepal to realize its overall poverty reduction strategy, UN and donoragencies has embarked on several projects including achieving the MDGs in Nepal, Programme SupportInitiative of Human Development and Enhancing Nepals Trade Related Capacity to get a betterunderstanding of the prevailing socio-economic situation and to provide significant upstream policy adviceto the government. Both have made significant contributions to the PRSP and the 10th Plan. (9) The new trade and human development initiatives will begin to make an impact. The Enhancing NepalsTrade Related Capacity (ENTRC) project will explore Nepals trade potential in promising new areas, helpdevelop and market commodities where Nepal has a competitive advantage expand the governments
3engagement with the private sector to develop the countrys trade potential, and build institutionalcapacities to plan for trade development. (10)Similarly The World Bank (WB) Asian Development Bank, European Community and other donor countrieshas heavily supported Nepal to improve access to basic health, primary education, and agriculturedevelopment, expand rural roads, improve livelihoods and empower the rural poor. The support programme intends to help Nepal implement its development programmes and back the seven-party coalition in its efforts to bring about sustainable peace and development.Recently to address Nepal’s foremost development challenges - inequality and social exclusion and todemonstrate the WB’s commitment to ensure social and economic inclusion of the poor, marginalized andless developed regions, the World Bank has sanctioned its biggest ever support package to Nepal with$253 million in grants aimed to improve schools, roads, water provision, and income-generating activities.These projects are hoped to help the country step up the delivery of basic services, Poverty AlleviationFund Project II (PAF II) activities and, a community-driven development programme covering all 75districts and be accessible to some one million rural households. (11)3.Vicious Cycle of PovertyPoverty has become the scourge of human society for centuries. It has assaulted human dignity in a mostcruel way and with severest form of exclusion resulting war, conflicts, social tension and violence. Theseverities of its sufferings have climbed up with each of our technological advancement. Also the globalizednature of modern economics has brought wider possibilities of prosperity with equal effect to globalizednature of human avarice.The alarming thing about poverty is that- both the cause and effect of poverty is deprivation anddestitution translated to hunger, malnutrition, home less-ness and ill health. Therefore poverty is a multi-faceted human predicament covering the whole range of inequality, oppression and domination relative tothe prevailing character of socio- political and economic regimes. It is a source of cultural degrades andpatterns of all kind of conflict situations.The irony of poverty is that when people in power feel socially, politically or economically unsecured, moreoppression, exploitation and corruption takes place; breeding more poverty and victimizing more to poor. Sopoverty brings sense of insecurity to the people who rule and people who are being ruled. Thus it creates avicious cycle of poverty with wider repercussions.This way, poverty hits hard to the state as a whole, narrowing people’s ability to enlarge or protect theirinterests and stakes both in individual or social terms. In this way poverty has become sum total impact ofsocio- political, economic, religious and cultural settings of our society.4. Causes of povertyAccording to World Bank study, poverty is caused by lack of income to meet basic requirements of people, asense of voiceless-ness and powerless-ness in the institutions of state and society and vulnerability toadverse shocks and effects with inabilities to cope with them; causes poverty.Building people’s assets is the only answer to poverty and these assets includes human, natural, physical,financial and social.There fore, poverty is the result of economic, political and social processes that interact with each otherand frequently reinforce each other in ways that exacerbate the deprivation in which poor people live.(12)In almost all situations, evidently, poverty is caused by defective state policies, programs and practicesincorporated by inefficient social structures and community cultures. They are continuously re-enforced bylow graded socio-political leadership plus faulty personal and social practices.Poverty is not only the lack of income and ability but also the lack of supporting structures, cultures andpractices to help people break the poverty cycle. Thus low income to meet basic requirements, low level ofhealth and nutrition, sense of voiceless ness, powerlessness and vulnerabilities to adversities and in abilities
4to cope with them cause poverty. In short prevailing social injustices making people suffer worst at thehands of vulnerabilities to adversities is the main reason of poverty.5. Ending Poverty/ Building Peoples capitalEnding poverty means building / developing six kind of major capital .The lack of these causes extremepoverty-Human Capital: health, nutrition and skills needed for each person to be economically productive.Business capital: the machinery, facilities motorized transport used in agriculture industry and services.Infra structure: - roads, power, water and sanitation, airports and seaports and telecommunicationsystems that are critical inputs into business productivity.Natural Capital: - arable land, healthy soils, bio - diversity and well functioning eco- systems that providethe environmental services needed by human society.Public institutional capital: The commercial law, judicial system, government services and policing thatunderpin the peaceful and prosperous division of laborKnowledge capital: the scientific and technological know how that raises productivity in business outputand the promotion of physical and natural capital. (13) The Word Bank, which has created a huge mass of knowledge on poverty reduction and has implementedeffective support programs and strategies in fighting poverty around the globe, has made somerecommendations and action programs that can be useful for all. They are given as follows:Recommended areas of Actions for poverty reduction -1. Promoting opportunities for poor by building up their assets,2. Facilitating empowerment by making state institutions accountable and responsive to poor people, strengthening their participation at all level of decisions and removing their barriers,3. Enhancing security- reducing their vulnerability from economic, social to natural,Recommended Actions for poverty reduction -1. Promoting global financial stability and opening rich countrys markets for poor,2. Bridging the knowledge / digital divide between the rich and poor,3. Providing financial and non-financial resources for international public good,4. Increasing aid and debt relief to help countries take actions to end poverty within a comprehensive frame work with lead role ensuring that the external resources are used effectively,5. Giving voice to poor people and countries in global forums and build their networks. (14)6. Meaning, Definition, and nature of development: Development is a strong word, with power to charm, to please, to fascinate, to set dreaming, but also toabuse, to turn away from the truth and to deceive people (15). According to the report of the South Commission prepared under the chair of former TanzanianPresident Julius Nyerere development is a process, which enables human beings to realize their potential,build self-confidence, and lead lives of dignity and fulfillment. It is a process, which frees people from thefear of want and exploitation. It is a moment away from political, economic, or social oppression. Throughdevelopment, political independence acquires its true significance. And it is a process of growth and amovement essentially springing from within the society that is developing. (16)Development in another term is a multidimensional process that normally connotes change from a less to a moredesirable state. (17) It is very difficult to define development but is very easy to understand it. It is relative to timeplace and situation. So more than defining development, we can characterize development as - • An expansion of productive capacity of nation as well as people by using modern knowledge and technology, • The fulfillment of necessary conditions for the realization of human potentials,
5 • The quality of life reflected in absence of poverty, illiteracy communicable diseases, inequality, mass unemployment, and human deprivation, • Is a reflection of higher level of national independence, self-determination, and self-reliance in decisions applicable within its borders, • Is sustainable in nature with strong legal or social aspect of environmental protection for the larger interest of future generation, • A system of ensuring political pluralism, democratically elected, accountable, transparent, and effective government, • A state where every individual can exercise his / her freedom , human rights and can have them protected by strong state or social instruments. • Is a participatory process of decision making with bottom up exercise in which the mass of ordinary people understand, initiate, or control the process, (18) • Is a process of change that starts with people and the organization and discipline of their service patterns and practices rather than goods.(19) In short, developments are accepting change and bring change in right size and direction for improving lives of all people. 7.Poverty and developmentIt is easy to learn that when basic needs of people are met, development is accelerated.Similarly, non -development results into deprivation practices creating poverty, violence, exploitation,repression. Therefore poverty and deprivation is based upon socio-economic, political and legal structureand culture with negative practices. Development in short is social transformation with human face. It is transformation of human environmentto satisfy basic needs of the people and from there to realize maximum individual and social potential.So when we say development it is absence of poverty, human sufferings, illiteracy, un-freedom,domination, exploitation, and violation of human rights or in short it is absence of human adversaries orabsence of neglected survival of man.This means development is a complete journey; journey with all necessities and accessories and adestination of complete living; complete in the sense that when we make journey to development it is madein perfect match not overburdened with one thing and empty handed with another thing .Therefore, development is understood in its approach and effect It it’s a process of rational action on thepart of individual, social, national or global to satisfy basic human needs. It is not a single entity but a setof separate entities with common contribution to maximize human happiness. Thus by development we meanboth production and distribution. The development approach cannot be satisfied with raise in income but inquality of income raise and quality of consumption and distribution.8. Development and Culture Modification or transformation of culture with change in attitudes and belief system of people is the basisof development.Development of a nation requires also the preservation and development of culture. Culture is the essenceof nationality. It also nurtures the sense of identity of people.Development of a nation and community also depends upon the working culture, partnership culture, andcommunity living and leadership culture and above all the attitudes, beliefs and traditions shaped by theirculture give essence for development in a particular society. 9. Development by participation and EmpowermentIt has proved that the efforts made in all these years are no more than a failure when compared withother countries. The main reason of this failure is our faulted developmental approach; the approach ofstate imposition but not participatory.
6Participation is most effective development strategy. It is a strategy of organizing people’s inspiration toachieve their aspiration. It is an encouragement of people to build their involvement in programs targetedto support their stakes. When participation is worked out, people’s needs and supports are assessed, theyare encouraged to raise their say in decisions and tackled in democratic order.Participation does not only bear political linkages it is opted because participation enhances investments andbetter policy initiatives to raise funds, develop own resources and mobilize them for better results.We also import participation for building institutions to consolidate social capital and accelerate change.Participation also gives legitimacy for development institutions and ensures their accountability. It is so,because Participation in decisions empowers the stakeholders, ensures their inclusion through the help theyneeded. It promotes state efficiency to proceed with re-organization of political and legal infrastructuresand disciplines for meaningful developmental culture of nation and society. Moreover, participation at best is empowerment of people and enlargement of better opportunities forthem. Empowerment through participation also ensures freedom and justice resulting into institutions ofbroad social inclusion. This gives protections against vulnerabilities arising from all sorts of socio economicand environmental hazards.Similarly participation broadens opportunities for people and encourages limited personal and socialentrepreneurship to join the larger forces of market with boundless possibilities. Therefore it is basicallythe participation that capitalizes peoples’ potential, enhances their confidence to make collaboration oftheir primitive infrastructures with national and global infrastructures of larger stream,10.Democracy and DevelopmentNepal is looking for a new identity for its people- a country with stable peace, effective democracy,prosperous economy and modern society. Democracy, at best is the antidote of poverty, violence, and injustices. Only democracy is symbolism ofcitizens supremacy and their values. It represents a state system, which is an end in itself. Similarly tothat effect, it is a means as well, because it supports people to promote and protect their core humanvalues of freedom justice and dignity of life.An effective and successful democracy however, requires a level of development and income for all thepeople in a country and democracy itself is indispensable for such development.This mainly is lacking in our case and for this reason Nepal’s present situation has not been able to inspire,convince and make everyone assertive for the future of their nation as well as their own.A nation can not always betray peoples aspirations for justice, peace, democracy and development for allthe people at all places and at all times. The peace process after decades-long conflict and violence with intolerable pains and sufferings of peopleshas yet to build space for public trust and confidence.Therefore, we as citizens need most to enter into an unlimited territory of democracy, peace, humanity anddevelopment and thereof raze the territory of pains, sufferings and severe deprivations.Because it is that the sense of pride developed in citizen is the most important asset and power of thenation for its development and prosperity. No nation can advance, or prosper until we create environmentfor everyone to stand high with a sense of pride and honor, cheer up on success stories and achievementsthat has been created with their efforts and valor, but for this a true democratic order is a precondition.11. Some tips for Making Development people centeredIn many instances we feel and see that our developmental policies and programs are not giving results orthey have not reached their targets. This we say failure development. To make development succeed is tomake it people centered and here are some tips for this:
71. Build peoples assets and investing those assets and make effective use of those assets forenhancing opportunities for them2. Develop basic infrastructures to help people, Promote and protest quality of such infrastructures,defining these infrastructures to support poor people, raise investment in pro-poor sector and inequalitysector3. Empower poor people through: Enhancing their capacity in influencing decisions, ensuring theirparticipation in decisions and decision making process,4. Educate and train them, removing their disadvantages and barriers, building institutional accountabilityto them5. Help people protect, promote, reform and improve their culture.6. Make poor people raise their voice in: creating responsible government with accountability to them, rule of law, remodeling political, legal and social structures,7.Organize public forums to facilitate social dialogue; action forums raise poor people’s voice and ensure their interests12. Sustainable Development Schumacher says development does not start with goods; it starts with people with their education,organization and disciplines….Every country no matter how devastated, which had a high level of education,organization and discipline, produced an economic miracle. (20) When development acquires human face itgoes sustainable.Sustainable development is a comprehensive process involving economic as well as social political andenvironmental development (21)Sustainable development is development by the people, of the people and for the people. Developmentaccountable to the future generation - making wisest use of available human and physical resources issustainable development.Development should be a tool for improving the lives of all people- economic growth, clean environmentpersonal freedom, social and political peace.According to United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) "Development issustainable if it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations tomeet their own needs” (22) Similarly, development if, successfully balances the interest of different groups of people within thesame generation and among generations, and does so simultaneously in three major interrelated areas -economic, social and environmental becomes sustainable. So, sustainable development is about equitydefined as equality of opportunities for the well being as well as about comprehensiveness of objectives.(23) Also it is about long term conditions for humanitys multidimensional well being putting human beingsat the centre of concern with entitlement to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature throughsustainable partnership.Our new life style and maximum use of fossil energy has been a major cause of climate change and globalwarming. This has been responsible for drying up of water sources and melting down of arctic zones andHimalayas. It will create disaster in many geographically fragile parts of the world including Nepal andSouth Asia. The environmental pressure upon their livelihood and developmental efforts will shrink theiropportunities most critically. It will create more conflict and violence among themselves and obviously,global peace and development will have to face bigger challenges, but with very limited options.13. Nepals Efforts on Sustainable DevelopmentNo doubt Nepal as one of the poorest country in the world and a country -devastated by continued violenceand serious abuse of human rights, has to compromise with so many characters of a modern state. However,
8it has achieved some of the illustrious example of conservation practices both at national and communitylevel. The national reserves from the highest in the world to dense rain forest at Terai under theprotection of National Army have protected the exemplary biodiversity of Nepal and its ecology. Similarly many hill communities have quite successfully restored degraded and once nude forest areas andhave developed regulatory frame work for harvesting forest products. Community based activities havebeen expanded from forest conservation to water, livestock development and resource management. (24)Community and lease hold forestry program in an integrated manner is under implementation to helpmaintain social empowerment, gender equality, social justice, equity and good governance. To increase broadbase of economic growth policy through community forestry program with focus of increasing involvementof backward classes of women and dalit by maintaining social empowerment, gender equality, social justiceand good governance have been devised. (25)The involvement of women, backward and dalit community has given them a new sense of honor andownership which ultimately has created inspiring success stories of forest conservation. Thus the policyand program of ensuring active participation of local stakeholders in managing local forests areas hasmaintained eco-balance, conserved biodiversity, protected endangered medicinal herbs, water land and itsinhabitants. (26)The success in community protected and developed forest program in Nepal has been a standarddevelopment practices for ensuring greater beneficiary participation and maintaining transparency andaccountability in development activities. (27)The Government of Nepal has a clear policy of reducing poverty through expansion of economicopportunities and employment generation based on efficient use of available resources. According to Dr.Baskota again the national strategies in this regard include a broad based process of economic growth,expansion of social services, infrastructure development, empowerment and good governance with specialfocus on sustainable management of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.As a part of national effort to support sustainable rural development and protect environment maximum useof renewal energy and reducing dependency on traditional energy and providing access of fair and reliableenergy: increasing employment and productivity through rural energy development, and improving life styleof rural people and building connections between rural energy development program and socio-economicactivities at the local level, Rural Energy Policy has been approved by the government. (28)14. Role of Trade Unions in Sustaining Development and Fighting PovertyEnding poverty and sustaining development is a common agenda of all workers. Until there is poverty and illpractices of development, workers right and dignities cannot be ensured. Similarly they must beaccountable for these as it serves the very purpose of their collective goal. Trade Unions for this canconduct intensive workers education and training programs so that they can carry on these efficiently andeffectively. An intensive worker education programme also ensures the development of leadership qualities and ensureseffective representations for workers. It also fosters a sense of awareness, regarding the extent towhich economic, social and environmental factors impact on industrial relations. It means then, that allavailable resources should be channeled into: 1. Developing strategies, to increase worker awareness on poverty alleviation and sustainable development 2. Incorporation of poverty and development agenda in workers education and develop strategies to provide adequate education and training in skills and techniques for trade unionists in alleviating poverty and protecting environment. 3. Equipping the membership for the management of change 4. Share success and failures stories at regional and global level with its relevance and adaptability to national situation.
9 5. Mobilize trade unions to increase productivity in both trade in goods and trade in service and create more jobs. 6. Make strong union movements in favor of friendly market conditions in regional and global economy for its national products. 7. Organize social dialogue and build strong advocacy, lobbying and campaigning for poverty reduction and sustainable development.15.ConclusionWe can not remain weak and poor for long. People can not always support and put their trust upon thestate system not able to address their aspiration. Similarly, the weak and troubled states have beencontinuously been posing threats to international order because they are the source of conflict and graveabuser of human rights resultantly breading terrorism and extended violence - reaching into thedeveloped states. (29)If we minutely analyze the situation of Nepal for a few years we have ample examples of suchdevelopment. Therefore reducing poverty and sustaining development is building strong institutions forpromoting democracy and development. This means promote governance, improve democratic legitimacyand strengthen self sustaining institutions. (30) Besides poverty is also created and maintained by law,whether by means of statuary enactment, bureaucratic action /inaction or judicial interpretation, sopoverty reduction has strong legal aspects too. (31)Peoples and nations are poor not because they lack natural resources or basic physical infrastructures, theyare poor because they lack human capital and they will go on further marginalization if they lack politicalwill and determination in addressing the real problems of people.Not nations it is people who compete in modern economy and peoples preparation to compete for theirshare is through a better process of creation and application of knowledge.For decades we as nation, have not been able in leading and representing peoples, strength, enthusiasm,enterprise, courage and honor but their weakness, prejudices, selfishness and corrupt practices. This, we think, has limited our collective strength and ability to earn a life of dignity to us.Promotion of human dignity by means of freedom, peace, democracy and respect to nature and right todevelopment has become the ultimate aim of each and every human being and their organizations. Only thiscan give Nepal a new status.But we cannot have it by chance or default but by design and competent and committed leadership atdifferent sections of society.Rural employment guarantee scheme and similar others including basic education and health may be a bestsolution to address the problem of growing number of unemployed youth, urban violence, politicalextremism and caste, ethnic and communal tensions are likely to continue to grow .-----------------------------------------------------References(1). Quoted in World Development Report 200/2001, World Bank, p.1.(2) Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom, Oxford, 1999, p-87-110.(3) Majid Rahnema in Wolfgang Sachs edited, The Development Dictionary, Orient Longman, 1997,p.213(4)Willem Van Genugten and Camilo Perez- Bustillo edited The Poverty of Rights, Zed Books,2001, p. 59.(5) (ibid.60)(6) .www.undp.org - Nepal File(7) Economic Survey Fiscal Year 2006-2007, p.72 see Appendix 1 for detailed description of NepalsPoverty situation, Efforts on Poverty Reduction and its Challenges.(8). www.undp.org – Nepal File
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