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Popular communications [whole issue]

October 2000

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The special theme section of this issue of PLA Notes examines how popular communications can be used to engage with local people and bring the views of those who are generally excluded to a broader arena for sharing and exchange. It illustrates how popular media can act as a powerful mechanism to bring policy makers and local people together and shows the potential of certain popular communications techniques (eg participatory video, theatre for development etc) for community empowerment.The issue also contains five general issues on PLA approaches and experiences

Disability, poverty and development

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
2000

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This is a major policy document from DFID, the British government's overseas aid department. It assesses the significance of disability as a key development issue, and its importance in relation to poverty, human rights and the achievement of internationally agreed development targets. It also sets out ways in which development cooperation, including DFID's own work, can help incorporate the rights and needs of disabled people into the mainstream of poverty reduction work and the achievement of human rights. It is useful for disability policy makers, NGOs and disabled people working in advocacy and development

A study of the political behavior of people with disabilities|What determines voter turnout, executive summary : empowerment through civic participation

KRUSE, D L
et al
April 1999

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This study examines if people with disabilities are as likely as those without disabilities to vote and to engage in other forms of political and civic participation. It also explores if there is a role for policies to remove barriers or otherwise encourage greater participation of people with disabilities

Voices for change : rural woman and communication

BALIT, Silvia
COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP
1999

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This book describes how, in the current climate of political and socio-economic change, communication can play a decisive role in promoting food security and rural development. By fostering a dialogue between rural people and other sectors of society, communication processes can empower both women and men to provide information and knowledge as a basis for change and innovation. It can give rural women a voice to advocate changes in policies, attitudes and social behaviour or customs that negatively affect them. The book briefly explores these complicated ideas, focussing on how communication processes can be harnessed. It then describes how different technologies, from the internet, video and radio, to traditional media, can be used. It is illustrated with brief case studies throughout

Empowering the rural disabled in Asia and the Pacific

HADIWIGENO, Soetatwo
et al
1999

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This article provides a summary of papers related to rural rehabilitation in the Asia and Pacific regions. An introduction is given, including a table reviewing the region's disability statistics, and seven paper summaries are highlighted. This article would be useful for people interested in rural rehabilitation in the Asia and Pacific region

Leadership development for women with disabilities : key issues and strategies in leadership training and successful participation in microcredit programs

SIKAND, Meenu
1998

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This report is based on research conducted at the International Symposium on Micro-credit for Women with Disabilities. The report addresses the effectiveness of women's leadership training strategies. In addition, it documents the key issues and strategies for the successful participation of disabled women into micro-credit programmes. It is targeted at disabled women, DPOs and activists

Empowerment : self in community

LORD, John
September 1997

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This paper highlights the main findings of personal empowerment research studies and presents the qualitative themes and the empowerment process that were identified
Empowerment Practice in Social Work Conference
Toronto, Canada
September 1997

Disabled women : disability awareness in action resource kit

DISABILITY AWARENESS IN ACTION (DAA)
1997

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Disabled women are excluded from society and restricted from participating in many activities. This book describes and addresses the obstacles that disabled women face, in order to facilitate equal opportunities. It is targeted at disabled women, activists and organisations working on gender and disability

Questioning the solution : politics of primary health care and child health with an in-depth critique of oral rehydration solution

WERNER, David
et al
1997

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Analyzes and challenges conventional primary health care and child survival strategies. Too often, health and development planners try to use technological fixes rather than confront the social and economic inequities that perpetuate poverty, poor health, and high child mortality. As a case study, the authors show how marketing Oral Rehydration Therapy as a commercial product, rather than encouraging self-reliance, has turned this potentially life-saving technology into yet another way of exploiting and further impoverishing the poor. The book explores the history of medicine and public health since colonial times, and shows that health is determined more by the equity or inequity of social structures than by conventional health services. It reveals how structural adjustment policies and the globalisation of the economy diminish the health and quality of life of vulnerable people, especially women and children. Examples from many countries (including Mexico, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Nicaragua) illustrate instructive approaches to health and development that put human needs before top-heavy economic growth. The four major parts of the book are: the rise and fall of primary health care; Oral Rehydration Therapy: a solution to death from diarrhea?; what really determines the health of a population; and solutions that empower the poor: examples of equity-oriented initiatives

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