From Poverty to Power
For the US to become a global leader in smart development, it should focus on strengthening responsible and effective states and helping active citizens to foster equitable economic growth through their own efforts.
Published: Aug 25, 2008
From Poverty to Power, published by Oxfam International in 2008, contributes to an urgent and fast-changing debate about development. Its analysis draws on the experience of Oxfam and the organizations it supports in more than 100 countries around the world, and on extensive discussions with numerous development professionals.
From Poverty to Power sets out a vision of women and men in communities everywhere who are equipped with education, enjoy good health, have rights, dignity, and voice—and are in charge of their own destinies.
What is required to achieve that vision is nothing less than a global new deal: a redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets. Oxfam's experience shows that the necessary redistribution can best be accomplished through a combination of active citizens and effective nation states.
This need is particularly relevant to Oxfam's aid reform initiative. Well-designed aid programs complement and support national and community development efforts, strengthening both active citizens and effective states. In contrast, poorly designed aid competes with states and citizens or even undermines them. For the US to become a global leader in smart development, it should focus on strengthening responsible and effective states and helping active citizens to foster equitable economic growth through their own efforts.
To learn more about this publication, as well as how to obtain your copy, visit FP2P.org.